From Keith Haring’s journal:
Today I am 24 years old. 24 years is not a very long time and then, again it is enough time. I have added many things to the world. The world is this thing around me that I made for myself and I see for myself. The world will, however, go on without me being there to see it, it just won’t be “my” world then. That is what interests me most about the situation that I am in now. I am making things in the world that won’t go away when I do. If this “success” had not happened, then maybe the world would not know these things after I go away. But now I know, as I am making these things, that they are “real” things, maybe more “real” than me, because they will stay here when I go.
In the situation I am in now, I am a vehicle for these “things” I’m bringing into the world. I am not having things and making things and waiting for the world to have them. The world is waiting to have them. At 24, that is maybe a funny feeling. The things that I make are “in” the world as soon as I make them. That is also the situation I (I guess) always dreamed of: so that there is a a kind of reason for making these things and the “things” in some sense become more important than me.
The world is waiting for the things and I am the only one who can bring them these things. There is a kind of freedom in that. There is also a kind of hysteria in that, but it depends how you see the world. I only think that I want to be the one who makes the “things”. I don’t know what I want to the world to be. But only I can make these “things”.
These things that are called the works of Keith Haring.
Amazing. This is killing me. It’s so beautiful.
We were so lucky to have Haring, just as we’re so lucky to have everyone who gives anything to the world. Haring was tremendously successful, in a way that very few people ever are, but his insight applies to everyone. Make things and give them to the world. The world is waiting for them. They will live for you once you’re gone. Things could include: words you write, a song you sing, a friendship, a family, a business, a recipe, a new dance, etc.
BRB, going to make some things that only I can make.