It’s Not All About Satisfaction

I’ve decided that it’s just about time I put together some of the thoughts I’ve had since starting the passionately project with Claire.

The question we posed as our thesis was, “is it possible to feel successful and satisfied?” And as we wrapped up our seventh video today, I’m getting stuck on this quote that he gave:

“… there’s also just the satisfaction of doing a job. There’s a client and they have a problem, and it’s hard and you can’t fix it, and then you figure out a way [to] solve their problem.” — Dan Cassaro

This got me thinking about how much we had painted our project into a corner. We had assumed that everyone wanted to feel satisfaction—which is an awfully presumptuous thought. I’ve since tried to determine all the things in my life that make me feel good but that I certainly wouldn’t call feeling satisfied. To be satisfied, I think, is to feel a little bit of resolution. It is to say that a thing is done and that there is no longer a draw to be doing it. But I love: cleaning, going for a run, drinking soda, talking with friends, getting caught up on twitter, taking photographs, playing the guitar; and the thing that I love about these things is that they are constant and do not have the qualities of a satisfied thing.

Dan’s mentioning of a simple, punch the clock kind of, job reminded me that art is not always about overcoming something. Often it is about being counted on to just punch the clock and do the thing. And that, in its own way, can have a very healthy satisfied feeling without ever actually being called done. Sometimes punching the clock is doing a draft, and sometimes its fixing a bug from a project you thought was finished.

Always expecting an orgasm out of art when more often than not you’re just holding hands will lead to a very bad relationship. And one that, logistically, would be pretty time consuming and not all that desirable.

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