I Quit

To some of you who have followed my writing and musical journey for a long time, it might look like I’ve quit trying. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m no quitter, I just quit being things I’m not.

I’m a writer, a musician, a poet, an artist. I believe in keeping things simple. Chances are good that I’ll keep being simple and creative until I’m no longer physically able to do so. But there are some things that I’ve tried to be that I’m not. So I quit.

  1. I quit trying to promote things. Whether it’s minimalism or my music, promotion sucks. I might occasionally post my work on social media now, but that’s about my extent of promotion.
  2. I quit preaching. This world is full or preachers and gurus all claiming they’re in the know of special knowledge. I think that’s mostly ego. And I also think that the more we reduce the ego, the more creative we become.
  3. I quit being a marketer. I never really was one. I tried. I hate marketing. I love the creative side of marketing and advertising. I just can’t for the life of me find the self-importance to market myself. No more marketing strategies from me.
  4. I quit being a salesman. Some of the most self-serving and shallow people I’ve met have been lawyers and salespeople (sorry, not sorry). They often have one thing in mind: making money. And they’ll use whatever means they can use to reach their goals, even if those means are shady or unethical. No thanks.

Life is better since I quit trying to be things I’m not. Instead, I’ll keep doing what I love: writing poetry, composing music, and posting it in my little corner of the Internet. If a few people discover my work, I’m happy about that. If no one discovers what I do, I’m going to remain happy anyway. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.