What will your verse be? - Thoughts on why we create.

by Lydia Makepeace

Some difficult questions arose during my art studies one college semester. I began to wonder, Why does my work matter? Am I wasting my time? Does the world really need art? My sister was studying nursing at the time and I started to feel guilty. We clearly need nurses, but does the world really need artists. Why do we create?

This scene from the film Dead Poet’s Society offers one of the best answers I’ve ever come across.

What will your verse be? - Robin Williams, Dead Poet’s Society

I believe that discovering and contributing my verse is a lifelong quest. I don’t know if my work will be as significant as that of others, but I do know this - all that is required of me is that I do the work I have been called to do, to create. Back to work I go...