The Marines prepares you for the life of an artist how?
By teaching – and every day showing – you how to be severely uncomfortable.
I have probably always seen the creative life more like Patti Smith writes about in M Train and Just Kids.
Coffee shops, silent contemplation, and the outpouring of talent that ensues.
But I love this perspective.
Steven Pressfield is fantastic.
“In my younger days dodging the draft, I somehow wound up in the Marine Corps. There’s a myth that Marine training turns baby-faced recruits into bloodthirsty killers. Trust me, the Marine Corps is not that efficient. What it does teach, however, is a lot more useful. The Marine Corps teaches you how to be miserable. This is invaluable for an artist.”
–Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art