Stan Lee died today. I wouldn’t say I am a fanatic fan of either Lee or his comics, but I enjoy his stories and have seen most of the films in the Marvel movie franchise. I certainly appreciate the reach his stories have seen!
Many writers, artists, musicians, i.e. creators of content hope for fame. Or if not fame, at least recognition. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s also not the main reason to create. I think of Nick Drake whose music became popular posthumously.
Creating content has the opportunity to affect another person. Even one person affected can have an unexpected and rich impact on the world. Our networks of inter-connectedness are so tangled together, there’s no way to know if the one person touched by your art will turn around and use that experience to affect another. It’s really the content that matters, for it’s the content that makes the impact. If prepared mindfully with your True Voice, it doesn’t necessarily matter if you touch a single person or a million or a billion. It only matters that you created.
In that sense, we are all Stan Lee. Keep on creating, people!