Yes, someone asked me that today. Most of you don’t know what I’m going through at the moment but, if you did, you might ask the same thing. You’d look at what’s happening and wonder why the heck would you start a magazine now? Well, I’ll tell you what I told her: Why not now? Can you think of a better time? When facing a seemingly-insurmountable mountain, why not start something new and bold and possibly ridiculous? Why not believe all things are possible, including this magazine?
And, why not focus on helping others succeed, even as I work to succeed myself? It’s what I love to do. It’s what I believe I am meant to do. In fact, I believe it is one of my gifts. I know that I have a gift for believing in people and helping them to believe in themselves. It would be wrong to keep that to myself, right?
Funny thing, another friend posted something around the same time. While sharing a clip from the movie Good Will Hunting, he asked “if we are gifted with a talent, whatever that talent is, one that we know would make a difference in one life or 10,000, are we obligated to share it? And if we don't, for whatever the reason is, are we at fault?”
My immediate thought was something Luis Rodriguez recently told me... “You know there are two kinds of suffering, right? The first is if you don’t follow your passions, your art. You truly suffer. You work, have a mortgage, live day to day. But that is a deep suffering. The worst kind. The second is if you actually do it. There are arts in everything. Not just painting or writing or dancing ballet. You can pursue the arts as mechanic or as a teacher. Everyone has arts in them. And, you can do what you do in an artful way. This is elegant suffering.”
Well, I’d rather suffer the elegant way, by trying to do something bold, daring, and big, than to implode and do nothing. I’d rather go down swinging for the fences, than to watch the ball sail by. And, I’d rather start this magazine, with my two favorite people beside me, than sit back and just let life happen.
Why start now? Because I can. As Seth Godin said in a recent interview, “Merely begin… go make a ruckus. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Just go.” And, so we did.
Within ten hours of the launch of our FB page, I received an email from a poet who had just learned of our endeavor. He wrote, “In reading your description, I felt understood, and comforted!” That is exactly why we began this magazine, and ultimately our publishing company… because we are determined to offer that solid ground from which all artists of all kinds can fly.