I’ve been writing some songs for my friend’s band. Ummmm, let’s clarify, writing some song lyrics. I have no idea what they are going to do with them or to them but I’ve sent them on to be built upon. Collaboration is a beautiful thing.
I don’t need another distraction. However, I’ve been having fun and that’s really the important thing about being creative. Following the thing you want to do at the time and just chasing it down until you discover that it has depth you can never explore in a lifetime OR you get bored and want to move on to the next thing.
I have struggled all my life with this desire to be creative. But that’s so vague and so generic. (not very creative frankly 😉 I’m finding my way now. After 30 some odd years of searching and seeking and being angst-ridden and then discovering you don’t have to be angst ridden to create good art I am finally focusing on some things that are productive and help me satisfy that need.
Most people don’t have this burning desire/nagging sensation. It’s always there for me. I can’t turn it off. The only thing that satisfies this creativity beast is creating. That sounds like a simple solution, right. Well it is but it’s easy to let life get in the way. We all have things to do, people to see, presentations to make, blah, blah, blah…..
Life is a journey. I happen to be lucky enough to have the ability to make choices. I have a drive and a need. It’s my responsibility to make the choice that’s right for me. Create. Be it good, bad, boring, inspiring. It’s an exercise of the mind and soul food too. Gotta feed the beast.
One very inspirational thing for me lately has been Chuck Close. His work is built over time and he follows process and allows that process to drive work. He doesn’t wait for inspiration, he gets to work. Pushes it forward…..How ironic that I find not waiting for inspiration to be the most inspirational of all.
my dear evol! I too feel that burning desire to be creative…and to be honest it’s the place that I feel most happy and complete. But, it continues to be a burden/challenge when i have to work every day AND have to have clean clothing in order to show up to work! Laundry takes a long time!! Plus, I have this ability to volunteer to do things for people all the time. AYE! what’s a creative girl to do!!
like you say. make choices. take advantage of what you have. and set up healthy boundaries with you and the rest of the world so you can take advantage of what you have. AND most IMPORTANTLY LOVE what you have.