Art is neither a competition nor a race against anyone or anything but our own mortality. The goal should be to outdo our own timeline, to get our work done before we die. Rather than feeling jealous when our colleagues attain success, we need to celebrate their achievements as allies and true friends. Rather than asking “why not me?,” I prefer to view these things as proof in point that it can happen to any of us, that if they can do it I can do it; and use how I would prefer to be treated by my colleagues, were I to attain similar successes, as my guide. There is enough room for everybody, and enough money to go around. We must help to elevate one another, and dedicate ourselves to celebrating the medium and its achievements therein, rather than the trophies it may or may not provide after the fact. Art is us, what we live and breathe, we are all a part of the art diaspora, and feel this bond when we are around one another, even more so when we are not (being that many of our neighbors keep wondering when we will get a “real job.”). If I exhibit jealousy over the success of a fellow artist, feel free to slap me. We are the industry, my success is your success and vice-versa; there is no need for a crab-pot-mentality in the field of art. Let us celebrate this life, together, celebrate the privilege that we have attained in spending our lives making art. It is a struggle when it comes to the rest of the world, how they view us and what we do/create, and I relish the embrace of understanding and empathy whenever I encounter a fellow colleague on the path that we have chosen. Jealousy has no place in art.