Sometimes it feels like the passing of the years is sort of like ceding ground. You start your life relatively healthy and with dreams and ambitions, but as life’s obligations impress upon you and your environment and food supply slowly damage you, you cede ground. You get less and less time to follow your dreams. You spend more of your time battling to keep food on the table and a roof over your head. Your health, by degrees, gradually decays.
My advice to everyone is to hold your ground. Take care of your health. Learn what is causing people to become ill and avoid it (that would be heavy metal contaminants from industry and electricity generation, profiteering farming practices, carcinogens all over the place, toxins like fluoride in your water, endocrine disruptors from plastics, poorly thought out medicines, fructose, etc). The biggest threat to your health is the greed of others and your own ignorance (and the ignorance of the professionals you trust to take care of your health).
When it comes to your dreams, cling on to the wreckage of those, no matter how many times they are smashed mercilessly against the rocks. Your whole being depends on being able to follow your dreams. In the case of artists, that means keeping your art and creativity alive and active. Living an unhappy life is just one more way to erode your health.
Finally, if you wake up too late, as many of us do, and finally realise what has been done to you and by whom, it is never too late to take back ground. The battle is harder because of the ground you have ceded, but it can be done.
It is never too late to start taking better care of yourself and of those you love. You are never too old to create. Even when you can’t create the same way as you did in your youth, you can still create. Look at Matisse who, in old age and ill health, turned his hand to cutting out shapes in coloured paper. Was this art any less pleasing and beautiful than his earlier paintings? Arguably, those works were even better.
Try your damnedest to avoid ceding ground and if you do, fight like fury to gain it back!