What Art Can Teach Us About Life Choices

Kodi Vonn

 

Being musically-inclined and creative gives you a lot of options. Whether you’re at the start of your journey or somewhere in the middle, it’s hard to decide which path to take and what to do. Luckily, you’re not the only one who’s wondered which choice is right for them. Keep reading for inspiration from around the creative world on making the hard decisions on where to take your life.

A Reading of “The Fig Tree” by Aziz Ansari on Master of None

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked.

 

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

“Any Road” by George Harrison

“You may not know where you came from

May not know who you are

May not even wondered how

You got this far”

 

“Big Decisions” by My Morning Jacket

“Sittin’ ’round wondering just what the hell to do with your life

Only get one chance but you seem to always think twice”

 

Into the Wild (2007)

Quote to Remember: I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) 

Quote to Remember: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Quote to Remember: Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien  

Quote to Remember: There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

“Daytripper” by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon

Quote to Remember: In order to go after your dreams—you must live your life. Wake up before it’s too late.