I created something.
I tried something new.
Then I got on a stage and shared it with a group of people.
It could have failed, yes. In fact, parts of it probably did. But in that moment, I was an artist. I was noticing, making, and sharing.
Far too few of us can say that we enter into our work everyday with Seth Godin's famous thought of, "This might not work." Far too may of us have become copy machines, rather than printers and fax machines. Far too many of us are simply spewing out the same thing over and over again because it "works" and it's "comfortable". However, the artist does not settle for what's comfortable. The artist spends her time not only creating new things that have never been seen before, but then also sharing them with her community.
When's the last time you sat your butt down to create and said, "This might not work." It is in that moment that you're finally getting somewhere.