What does it mean to make music and art?

The truth is, regardless of what success or failure happens with regards to creating the work, it will never matter to me. I would like to develop a more *stoic* approach to my reactions to the praise and the negativity. This allows for me to make better choices with the projects I take on.
So I have developed for myself a simple premise for 2017. I will ask myself a question, and then figure out it’s answer. The question is: does this add to my life or take from it? It is simply answering that question that determines my next set of choices. If I make the wrong choices, no one is to blame but myself.
It will be quite a challenge.