I’ve been advised to shut my mind off, today, because it’s still going to be right where I left it. And if I’m being honest, this seems like some pretty good advice. I find myself constantly thinking about new things to write about, new perspectives, new ways to create, and everything else of that sort, and I think I forget that my brain needs to function in its own time. Maybe it’s too early in the year to tell my brain to shut down for a while, but it still is the weekend and I’ve had a pretty eventful week so far.
The thing about creativity is that it is exactly like prepping yourself for a long jump. You have to take a few steps back, take a beat, run a few steps, gather your speed and time yourself right before you finally jump into the pit. You’re going to feel like you’ve run out of ideas a lot, but the truth is that there is no end to them. You’re just unable to focus sometimes and that’s okay because it’s a reminder that you need to take a break and come back with a better approach to the ideas you already have.
I’m going to go back and spend the rest of my day away from my sketchbook and journal because I want to. I’m going to do exactly as I’ve been told and ‘shut my mind off’ for the rest of the day, and probably watch something silly with my best friend. Or read something. I don’t know! I feel good about staying away from creative outlets for a little while because it feels like all I’ve done lately is stress about my creative block. I did start writing a poem today, but then I couldn’t really bring myself to develop it into what it could have been.
Here’s hoping I’ll come back with something much better tomorrow!