We all have days when our creative energies seem to be just oozing out of us like sweat in the middle of a humid summer day, and although we have this urge to work on something creative and do something productive with our time, we end up wasting away that creative high because we don’t really understand which idea to start working on, in the first place. And it happens to the best of us. Which is surprising because I always have all of my ideas written down in a journal. But apparently, that isn’t enough.
It’s not enough because sometimes, the best way to deal with a creative overflow is to start working on the first thing that comes to mind and see where it can take you from there. A few hours ago, I was feeling extremely creative, but I didn’t know if I should write, or edit a couple of photos for my Instagram, sketch, or record a cover, because I have so many ideas on hold currently. So I just decided to wing it and I ended up making a lazy sketch, which gave me the idea for today’s post.
“I’ll be out of my mind
And you’ll be out of ideas pretty soon,
So let’s spend the afternoon
In a cold hot-air balloon.”💜✨
Some lazy art today. pic.twitter.com/cGkOYL7Tfw
— Shubhangi Srinivasan (@_The_Shubhster_) May 3, 2020
Funny how things work out in your favour sometimes, isn’t it?
A work well done, in many ways, is like positive reinforcement, in the sense that it makes you want to channel your energy in more productive ways. And that is exactly what I’ve been trying to do today. I really love it when my creativity is at its peak because it’s like I’m watching all these amazing ideas explode around me like pretty fireworks, and it really makes me want to work on as many as possible.
But, having said that, I also want to mention this here, like I always do, that your worth does not depend on whether you’ve been productive today. Sometimes, you just need to stay in bed and read, or sleep, and that is completely alright because we all have our highs and lows. And when we’re at a low, we need to take a beat and focus on healing ourselves instead of pushing ourselves to do something that our hearts are not in.
Then again, you know, that feeling that you get when you finally make it through a creative block or a reading slump, the pure joy of finally having made it out of what felt like a positively slow, syrupy phase, it’s pretty amazing. But here’s the thing, even if all you did was to make it out of bed today and took care of yourself, give yourself a pat on the back. You made it. You’re making it through, one day at a time, and that itself is amazing enough.
Even I give myself a hard time when I see people doing their own thing, achieving big things in life, but then I have to remind myself that I am working towards my goals as well. I am not there yet, but I will be. And that is okay because I know that there is no race because everyone has a different track to run and over different terrains. We may cross paths with others, every once in a while, but that’s it. We aren’t going to be running the same track as anyone else. So just run, trip, fall, get your knee skinned, take a break, heal, get up and run again.
Creativity blocks and highs will come and go like the seasons in a year. The only difference here is that you cannot simulate these kinds of things. It’s the roll of a die. You never know if you’re going to feel the same kind of creativity that you felt surging through yesterday, today, and that is completely alright. We all feel like a mess sometimes. All we have to do is realize when we need to give ourselves the helping hand we need, or if you can’t, then at least seek help.
Give yourself a pat for making it through today. And tomorrow. And every single day you make it through. You’re doing amazing and we love to see it. We really do.
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