Changing your life is hard.
Changing your life while keeping a lot of it the same as it was before is even harder.
In pinpointing what you can do differently – for example, simplifying certain aspects of every day to maximise the time spent being creative – you naturally seek inspiration from others who have trod a similar path and are willing to share their experiences.
Another change I’m trying to make is to engage with the creative ‘scene’ a lot more than I have before. Engage with people I trust, and from whom I have started to draw some of that inspiration. Part of the increased engagement is simply a natural result of feeling happier about the work I’m doing.
It’s not a process I’m going to complete overnight.
There are plenty of people out there offering advice on creativity and lifestyle whose work I am reading, but with whom I have yet to make any sort of contact. A certain section of that reading is quite serious. There’s nothing wrong with that in of itself; of course there isn’t. And it’s not to say that its creators don’t have fun.
But it seems to come from a place of such zen-like contentment that it is a little scary. Among the lessons I take from it, I also take a feeling of resignation at not yet having worked out how I will find my audience and distribute the work I am currently producing.
I know it’s silly, but it is also somehow unavoidable. And I’ve noticed that it’s affecting the work. Rather than retaining a sense of fun and occasional flippancy, it feels as though my work needs to become serious if I am to be taken the same way.
So I’m going to keep reading and keep writing. The work remains the focus, but I’m still trying to get a handle on how my attitude is altering. I’m having a lot of fun getting the writing done – I just need to make sure that’s reflected in the words I commit to paper.