All or nothing – it’s a mindset that many of us have, I know it’s certainly one that I’ve often had. It’s all or nothing, it’s black and white, wrong or right – simple, except when it’s not. Which in my experience, is actually most of the time.
I could apply this lesson to most aspects of my life, but for the sake of keeping this from being too longwinded, I’m choosing to apply it to my creativity, and the pursuit of a creative life.
Something I’ve struggled with, since finding some success in my creative endeavours, is the fact that although I want to be creating constantly, I find I’m always competing for time and juggling all the other facets of my life – a full time job, study and a social life. It’s very tempting to yearn for a life where I live in a little cottage in the woods, spending my days painting or writing and only taking a break when I want a cup of coffee or some toast, but that’s not my reality – nor do I honestly wish it to be. I love spending time with friends and family, or taking the time to learn new things. It’s just that there is this constant little niggle in the back of my mind telling me that unless I devote ALL of my time to creating, I will never be enough.
I have always been someone who wants to know how to do things now, and it’s been an incredible lesson in patience to have the opportunity to take on projects that simply cannot be achieved right away. They require thought and time and revision, and they cannot be properly completed with an all or nothing approach.
Although it is still my goal to one day be able to support myself financially through my creative work, at the moment it is a comfort to know that right now I can take my time with things. It is a luxury that many full time creatives do not have.
So my message at the end of all this, is that whatever it is that you want to be doing, that thing you wish for with every fibre of your being, you can do it. You can do it just a tiny little bit until you have time to do it a tiny little bit more.
Chat soon x