In doing this, I always get struck with the same realization: When I was little, I created stuff constantly. I wrote hundred-paged stories, daily journal entries, and depressing teenager-y poetry. My friend and I would make (what we thought were) the funniest little movies of all time, and I'd prop up my point-and-shoot camera in the backyard and take artsy self portraits. I didn't care about the lighting. I didn't stop and think if my poems were any good. I didn't restrict my journal writing to only the "successful days." I didn't read or edit my stories as I went along-- I just kept writing.
I miss that. I miss being recklessly creative.
I miss being able to create new things without it ever feeling like work, without constantly being restricted by the need to be "good," without worrying about being pretentious, or worrying about being dumb.
Now, I know a lot of this is part of growing up. When you grow up, fun only becomes one of the motivators (and usually, one of the less prioritized ones). When we're really dedicated to our art (whether it be painting or dancing or writing, etc), we focus on improvement, success, self-fulfillment, goals, and the future. If we're lucky, fun is a bi-product of the rest. This isn't necessarily bad, because more caring means more effort, and more effort means more results. But it does feel a little less free, doesn't it?
Here's a relevant quote (via Pinterest):
In between goals is this thing called life, and is has to be lived and enjoyed.I want to work hard, get better, and make a life that I can define for myself. I also want to be recklessly creative and run around in the sunlight, splashing paint and snapping pictures. The key, of course, is balance.
That always seems to be the answer to everything, doesn't it? Balance. The annoying thing is, balance is also the hardest thing to maintain. (Everybody falls over sometimes.)
What do you think, is it possible to work really hard at creating things, while still being recklessly creative? Let me know!
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