Philosophe rouge wrote:Art and creating is the most important thing in my life, that I know. At least from the perspecitve of a career, or what I want to do physically. What kind of art, and to what extent, I don't know...
1. I don't know. My father does that kind of work, and I don't think it's very rewarding in any sense. I've never even considered it an option, though I do see the value in a "physical" career in the sense of working within the fitness world. It has very limited interest to me, but I doubt it would make me truly unhappy. I would like to have a lot of intellectual stimulation, I would never want to escape that. A wide circle of friends is unimportant as long as I have a few good ones, I like meeting new people though. Social status means nothing to me. Early retirement is only of interest if what I am doing makes me unhappy.
You spend a lot of your efforts analyzing film, right? It's all about locating and clearly identifying your particular talents from your current and past efforts, knowing what to do to further adapt/develop it, and then leveraging it towards something of your choice. I'm good at quickly absorbing large quantities of information and distilling its essence and I have physical presence. I have artistic friends who have extended their talents into relationship management/advertising/high level sales. Creativity that delivers results is most cherished in market society, not the worker bees.
I mentioned #1 because physical/menial activity is often draining. Menial activity is numbing towards the spirit and physical activity decreases one's energy reserves.
Intellectual toil is similarily draining but in a different sense-your mind is always subconsciously working and burdened so it crowds out mental energy and focus for other things. The narrow area then starts to really dominate your life.