The only thing that you have is your Art. If you are an Artist, it's the only thing you have. Without that you are technically dead. The Art is what allows you to have something to hold on, to identify yourself with, commodify, et cetera. And then there's another level where you use it and you see the effects of it by just simply being yourself.
But there's another layer beyond that. And it is just the absolute. It's the Kobe Bryant mentality: I'm going to die every time I step on this court - that sort of mentality. And when done with sincerity, it is an unstoppable force.
And I think in any capacity to like recognize your art, it's a profound thing. And it is very impactful, but if you truly want to live and almost be an astonishment of what you are and all the things that influence you and inspire you, the only way to really understand that is to dive into it, period, like be willing to actually lose all the air in your lungs in order to see it with your own eyes.