Being an artist means that you’re constantly creating something new. And people might or might not understand what you’re working on. There have been many artists who were misunderstood during their lifetimes, only to become very popular after their deaths. Others were successful during their lifetimes but faded into obscurity after their deaths.
Every artist wants to be successful but sometimes, success comes in an unexpected form and you have to be ready to accept it no matter how it presents itself. Your novel may not take off but that blog you started on a whim might get thousands of hits everyday.
This is because life—anyone’s life, not just the life of an artist—can’t always be lived the way you want to live it. You can’t control every aspect of your life. You can just try to be happy and make the art you believe in. Do your best and then, let go. Don’t get attached to the results of your actions.
Of course, this is easier said than done. But in that moment of surrender, you’re likely to finally achieve the feeling of flow that you’re looking for—that moment when it feels like the art comes through you and not from you, like you’re just the instrument of creation, the channel through which the universe seeks to create something new.
It might seem clichéd to say that the journey is more important than the destination. But you can at least keep in mind that the process of making art ought to be fun. If you enjoy what you’re doing in the moment of doing it, you’re likely to keep doing it longer, no matter what the results. And the longer you do it, the better you get at it. So it’s a win-win situation.