If you as a poet, as a writer, as a musician, artist, or content curator can find the means to live a chill life then by all means do it. The delusions of Media make you think an artist has to burn baby burn, that an artist has to live in constant tension and tilt, that an artist has to be completely fucked in the head in order to produce something/anything of worth that will last the ages.
It’s an explotation of the Van Gogh vibe. And it’s a bad line on this fundamentally gifted painter. It makes good copy to tell a young artist that a great artist is unhinged. And then they trot out Sunflowers and Starry Night Over the Rhone as proof.
But the truth is, is that Van Gogh was a great artist inspite of his problems, not because of them. I mean it’s just such an injustice to what he went through, and it’s an injustice to young artists who want to follow art. They have this spectre over their vibe thinking that unless they’re wild and reckless, unless they’re a stones throw away from complete destruction, then they aren’t properly following art.
This is ridiculous because the only thing Art cares about is the Work Being Made. Art doesn’t care about your emotional state. Art doesn’t care if you have good manners or indecent. Art doesn’t care if you’re male or female, old or young, good or evil (that’s morality and art and morality are in two different realms). The only thing art cares about is THE WORK BEING MADE.
The best way to make good work is to be at peace as a individual and to have a proper habitus that allows Art to do what it needs to do, to make the object along consistent lines to reveal the revelation of Beauty, Beauty here being the consistent image of the work, not a blond bombshell aesthetic. Schindler’s List is a beautiful work (yet horrific considering). Jakob the Liar is not a beautiful work as it’s just another Robin Williams romp set in a Jewish Ghetto.
Point is, is that you as a poet don’t have to have this hard ass life, this do or die daily, to write great poetry. And you don’t have to have only seen horrible things, or endured horrible moments. The idea that a middle class kid can’t be a good artist or a great one because of the middle class and because of a protected upbringing ought to be insulting. A lot of great rock stars come out of protected environments. A lot don’t. There are no real rules.
All that matters is that you are honestly pursuing the Vibe within you that says to make something and that you continually seek to transcend the level from where you made your last. A peaceful life, no drama, no horrors, is the best environment for that. An artist needs peace and time to create. If you have that, don’t toss it. If you don’t have it, pursue it.
You know a good, but boring, documentary would be to have a camera crew follow around a writer while she writes, not while she does anything else, just while she writes, and then you’d see how many hours of calm she actually takes to make the work.
It’d be worth it just for the “huh” factor alone.