Art in all its forms, is an ikigai that can bring happiness and purpose to our days. Enjoying and creating beauty is free and something all humans have access too. – say authors Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles in their international bestseller ‘Ikigai, the Japanese secret to a long and happy life’.
From the age of 6 I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was 50 I had published a universe of designs. But all I have done before the the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75 I’ll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am 80 you will see real progress. At 90 I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At 100, I shall be a marvelous artist. At 110, everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign my self ‘The Old Man Mad About Drawing.’’ – Hokusai, the legendary Japanese artist of ukiyo-e style woodblock prints in ‘One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji.’Source: goodreads
Artists carry the torch of ikigai instead of retiring.
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