With this in mind, I've often wondered how simple it would be if my passion would be medicine, law or finance. Then it would not matter if I were a slave to following my passion, because I could undoubtedly reap the financial benefits. Still, I have never been one to opt for the simpler things.
I was born on Saturday, August 16, 1986, at approximately 7 a.m. screaming at the top of my lungs. As I think on the course of my life, I'd like to consider it my first performance. I was born with that insatiable need to express myself to the world. That is my passion.
This is beyond any attempt to garner extra attention. Over the years I've perfected the art of attracting the wrong kind of attention. Any witness to my nights-on-the-town could attest to that.
I just need to paint, write, sing, scream, shout, photograph, video or perform. It is my passion, surely, because when I am in the process of creating, I know no other intense, euphoric or more comfortable space.
My dilemma is that I have a passion which is considered akin to extras, not the core or basic needs of Belizean society at present day.
Can there be a premise more flawed?
How can a society even consider existing without culture? After all, what defines a civilization are culture, scientific achievements and government.
If we are not yet aware, the Belizean art scene has suffered severe bouts of neglect and abuse, consequently it is in a state of disrepair and dysfunction.
Shyne is our Musical Ambassador, I could elaborate on why this is a clear demonstration of dysfunction, but there would be no end to this article.
What does the government plan to do? What will the institutions do? What will schools do? What are artists prepared to do?
Will artists stand and watch as our livelihood and creative dignities are threatened?
I fear that most people will use the 'we no have money' excuse. This is bullshit, trust me. I marvel at Haiti, their art, literature and film movements. According to Wikipedia Haiti's nominal GDP per capita (for 2011) is $738, and Belize: $4,349. Needless to say, money only becomes an obstacle if we allow it.
As long as we are content to have 'pretty paintings' hoisted up on the walls of a few galleries once in a blue moon, we are in grave danger of losing it all. We need to be exposed to all art forms as utilized by Belizean and international artists.
This famine can be tackled once the hunger is recognized can dealt with. Even if the process is not swift or instantly successful, it must be attempted.
At the risk of sounding completely cliché, what about the future? What about the children? If we can not rescue it for ourselves, we must at least salvage it for them.