But sometimes our passion becomes our blind spot.
For example, let's say one night I notice how insanely gorgeous the stars, moon, and everything up there is and I become seized with an obsessive need to paint it all! So, I drag my canvas outside and begin to paint. I stare at my canvas all night and I'm so invested in my work that I barely look up at the stars. Before I know it, it's daytime and I'm still working ...
So, finally I glance at my work and something's not right; it isn't good enough. Frustrated, I keep painting only to become even more frustrated.
What happened?! I started off so full of energy and happiness and now I'm frustrated and angry- why?
For one, I beame so focused on painting a perfect picture that I forgot all about what inspired me to begin painting in the first place. It's life that inspires us. We're inspired by the people around us, by nature- by living. Instead of rigidly keeping my focus on the canvas and on achieving a "perfect" result, I should have taken a moment every now and then to look up and pay attention to what was going on around me.
I think this is something that happens a lot with creative types; we have these goals we're driven to achieve and as we take steps to get where we want to be, we start to feel an overwhelming panic. Thoughts such as "I'm never going to get there... this is taking forever. OMG, I'm never going to get what I want," begin to take over our every waking moment and we worry that we'll never be as "perfect" at our craft as we'd like.
When that happens, the best thing to do is slow down, take some slow deep breaths ; ) and remember to live. It's that simple. Live. Look at the world around you, the people around you, and try to appreciate them. That'll bring your inspiration back and it's that kind of heart-felt inspiration that leads to the best artistic results.
When it comes to our achieving artistic goals, we have to remember that life isn't about achieving one singular grand goal- if we make it about that, we'll end up very sad. And disappointed. What makes life rich is enjoying every step of the journey towards a multitude of small goals.That's why it's a good idea to break down big goals into step-by-step small achievable endeavors. And then, to enjoy life while achieving said small goals : ) Bascially, calm down and try to enjoy life!
This is something I'm still working on trying to do in my every day life. So, as we turn the corner to 2017, looking back on 2016- what was one of the most enjoyable moments of this year? If you'd like to talk about it, feel free to leave it in the comments below!