Thursday, July 03, 2008

Embracing Imbalance

I'm often encouraged to live a more 'balanced' life. Well-meaning friends, family, even a psychiatrist have expressed concern that I might burn out because I work too much. Their advice was based on a conventional assumption that work has to be interspersed with 'leisure' or 'down time'.
Making art encompasses everything I'm passionate about. It's something I would do – and have done – even if I had to hold down another job. If I didn't have to work for money, I would still live and work the way I do now. Art brings meaning to my life and I'd be lost without it. I've never burnt out from working too much but I've often fallen apart when I've stopped working. I get uncomfortable when my focus is distracted. I get depressed when I lose momentum.
I'm only just now beginning to hit my stride. If anything, I want to go faster, harder, and smarter. I'm making my dreams come true – and what could be better for anyone than that?


Anonymous said...

Sounds reasonable to me,
when you put it like that!


Anonymous said...

Yay!That's just the spirit that has kept us close all these years. A Fire in the belly:)
I think I even still have a
"paint baby paint" poster somewhere!! k

ddrips said...

your body and heart always tell you what to do, I am sure you follow their advise when you feel like a rest. Glad of your success, live it out fully.