Let's talk about this
term, luxury, first. A luxury is something that you don't
really need, and by that definition, lots of things fall into this category.
We need shelter; we need protection
from the elements; we need food; we need water; we need air. That being said, the shelter could be a
hovel, and as long as it keeps us warm and dry, then anything more is a luxury.
Food? What we need is enough to sustain
life--rice and beans should do the trick, but most of us prefer to go beyond
that. Technically, the steak, potatoes, spinach salad along with the
chocolate pie for dessert that you just might have eaten last week is a major, major luxury.
Do you see where I'm going here? Anything that goes beyond what we truly
need to sustain life can be defined as a luxury.
You need a car to get to work; fine. It
doesn't have to be a Cadillac, but if it makes you happy when it is, and if you
can afford it, why not?
You need a phone to do your job; it
doesn't have to be cute and small and smarter than you are, but if it makes you
happy when it is, and you can afford it, why not?
You want something on your wall that
makes you smile and feel happy every time you look at it. That's a painting.
You don't eat it, wear it, or live inside it, so it's technically a luxury, but
if it makes you happy and you can afford it, why not?
And if you are one of the artists who creates
these beautiful oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings,and the like, then stand tall and be proud of what you offer the world
around you: a luxury, but a necessary one.