Lose the ego!
Big egos seem to be storming Oklahoma.
After travelling to Austin, New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, I realized that although we have kindness running through our veins, we are starting to buy into the overwhelming ego-maniac craze.
Now you are probably thinking that it is the people of L.A and New York City that are full of themselves, and in many cases, you are correct. However, I have noticed that amongst the cultures of the big city casanovas, there is more of an attitude of, “Well, everyone’s doing something cool, and I realize I am just apart of it.”
On the contrary, I have noticed that here in the Midwest, if you are doing somethig cool or “rockstar” with your life, you are few and far between. If you are involved in the arts and/or entertainment industries, you are not the norm. By doing something unique, you feel somewhat isolated and special. If you let feeling “special” go to your head, the ego will begin to expand at an unstoppable pace.
It is a beautiful thing to be a musician or artist, but don’t for a second get an ego about it. Just because you know of all the latest indie bands, and you have been sporting skinny jeans for two years, does not make you revolutionary. Focus on perfecting your art rather than stroking your ego.
Oklahoma has a growing art scene, and the rest of the nation is beginning to take notice. Our local bands rocked the house last week at Austin’s South by Southwest, and it was an honor to witness the culture coming from our state. However, I will not be pleased to return to our bar and party scene with indie kids prancing around like they own Oklahoma. Is it now cool to act like an arrogant jock?
The world outside of ours is quite large. The best way to make an impact is to do something artisically different. The ego has been done before, so re-invent yourself in a better way.
During my travels, I told someone there is a reason Oklahoma contains the word home. I believe we have some real heart here. I want us to treat eachother like family rather than follow the “monkey see, monkey do” routine and imitating the big city glamazons.