Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I am a rich man

It's funny that right now, when I am as poor as I've been in a while, when I should be like freaking out about money and bills and stuff, I am as happy as I've been in quite a while.

Tonight, I had band practice, and then I was hanging out in Hibbleton and the new Art Colony on Santa Fe we are creating, I was hanging out with Landon, and the artists William Zdan and John Sollum, and the gallery owners Brian Prince and Mike Magoski, and we were talking about art, and music and the future of this endeavor we are doing together. I am going to have a book store. And I am setting up my own art show tomorrow at Cafe West. I was driving home and thinking, man, this is really fucking cool. All these relationships, this creativity and vision. I am following my heart and these people are too and we are, in a sense, doing it together, and it feels really good. It's not about money, but relationships and community and creativity.

Tomorrow I get to interview Niagara Detroit, a super famous lowbrow artist. And then I'm gonna hang my show at Cafe West, and help hang the Hibbleton show.

I ate dinner tonight at Choice Burgers, and these two guys at the table next to me were arguing about real estate rental rates and stuff, and I wanted to turn to them and ask, "Is this what you want to do with your life?"

With all humility, I can say that I am doing exactly what I want to do with my life. I am not financially successful, but I am happy. Therefore, I am a rich man.


  1. Jesse, with all due respect, what makes you assume that the patrons sitting behind you would not answer the same way? I think it's unfair to assume that just because two people are discussing property values and rental rates that they are unhappy or somehow unfulfilled. It's great that you feel content with your own life, but do you really want to be the person judging a complete stranger's lifestyle, just because it is different than yours?

  2. I am so glad to hear that you are so fulfilled. I pray that for my children literally daily -- that they would live a life in their "sweet spot." I feel the same way lately, although my life is very different from yours. I look at my kids and just feel... full. Rich even in our poverty. There's no other way I'd rather spend my days.

  3. If someone's passion in life is rental rates, I'm gonna go ahead and judge them. : )