In this series, we’ve discussed the intersection of life and art, that art supports, and (at least attempts) to explain life. Art is indeed a support system for life.
And the key to life? Balance. Balance is the key to a successful life.
So it is with art.
We who are creative types must balance our acts of creation with appropriate sustenance. We can only give away what we possess, and to possess we must feed our souls.
We must consume to create. Unlike God, we do not possess an inexhaustible supply of creative energy.
Call it downtime, call it sabbath, call it whatever, but don’t discount the need to recharge your creative dilithium (the crystals that powered the Enterprise’s warp engines).
Because failing to do so is creative kryptonite.
You will run dry. You must replenish your stores.
I don’t know what this looks like for you, but for me it could be:
Reading a book
Watching a film
Visiting a museum
Attending a play
Or (if you have them) playing with your kids (their imaginations are well nigh boundless)
There is just something so inspiring–almost mystical–in drinking from the well shared by all artists. New ideas are often birthed from this spring.
Take my advice: breath in that you may breath out.
Blessings to you as you follow your dream.
Question: what do you do to replenish your creative reservoir?