Finding the time to practice our craft is difficult, but it is incredibly important. And our nine to five job can feel at times like an intrusion on our creative lives, but it is actually quite the opposite. I would even dare to say that it is necessary. Yes, necessary.
I myself struggle with this on a regular basis: organization...my mind is constantly on the move (both in productive and non-productive mode). As an artist, I tend to be distracted very easily. Day-to-day tasks are a challenge for me if I don't have music playing, or a notepad handy where I can capture a fleeting thought before I lose it. So having a day job allows me to focus on the task at hand....to get from point A to point B and ultimately complete a series of tasks. Then when it's time to leave, I go home and rest my brain. I feel like I have accomplished something within my allotted time, and it also allows my creativity to run wild.
It's a lot like this picture here. It gives me a feeling of: "Finally! My long awaited free time...lets DO this!" I feel like a little kid. Free and ready to tackle something. (In my head, of course...and without the spunky pigtails). Are you feelin' the drive? Here's the catch...when I follow those "ah ha" moments into creative oblivion...I'm only sitting in my apartment. I'm not sitting under an oak tree in a field of poppies, conjuring up visions of completed future masterpieces. I'm at home. In my room. And the unfortunate thing is that the world loves to try and convince us that this lifestyle is "boring" and that it makes us a "boring" person. I can't tell you how many times I've been told that I should "let loose" or "go out and have some fun for once". The truth is, I do make time to have fun and take breaks. So I would like to provide you with some encouragement if you have ever experienced what I'm talking about. When the world tries to make you feel like what you're doing isn't exciting enough...
DON'T LISTEN TO IT!
When you have a dream, you're obligated to take the road less traveled! So from one creative spirit to another, you're not alone. Make your own path and stick to it...even if people think it's boring.