I am writing this post thinking about those people who are torn between many creative endeavors; simply put, they cannot commit to only one. If you are like me, you probably cannot work only in painting, writing, or handmade crafts – your creative energy is so strong that you have to do it all, otherwise, you feel strapped down and incomplete. This can be a challenge, specially because there are only so many hours during the day, and many times you have to deal with the frustration of not being able to dedicate more time to some creative projects.
You have heard the adage, “Jack of all trades, master of none” – well that is something we have to contend with and if we are going to dedicate our time and efforts to all our creative passions, we may have to focus a bit more on one to be able to move forward – there has to be a certain balance, otherwise you end up with tons of projects, lots of creative energy, but nothing done to full completion.
If you are making a living this way, it gets more challenging as you have to deal with all the documentation and paperwork that goes with it, to keep it IRS happy – these activities eat a lot of your creative time; however, they are necessary. If you work outside the home as well, and have a family, this could get very stressful, and you may end up feeling tired, overworked, but mostly, with your creative hands tied up. Again, balance is the magic word. However, singles and couples without kids have it easier, no doubt about that. There are many other activities and commitments that come with the fact of having a family.
How can you tend to work, family and your many creative passions?
The answer, not at once. I have found that as long as I know that I can dedicate some time to pursue my passions, I am happy. For example, I focus on my writing, and dedicate time to my other passions, whether it is one day a week or more than one. For example, you can dedicate part of your Sunday afternoon to painting or an hour on Wednesday evening. Maybe your Saturday mornings can become your crafting sessions … you have to find what works for you. If you have a family, they have to learn to respect your creative time as well.
If you are a creative octopus and decide to give up painting to dedicate your efforts to writing, for example, but your soul is hurting for some brushstrokes, then your writing will suffer as well, because you are tying up your creative Muse. Finding a way to keep duty, love, and creativity coexisting together is not easy, but attainable. For many families, what started as a one person creative endeavor, ended up as a whole family business.
Give your Muse enough time to play with all your passions, while focusing on one artistic venue. Sometimes, creative octopuses become overwhelmed by their own creative energy, and abandon it all, as they think that they cannot do it all in one day. That is the clue – not to do it all in one day, but instead, to dedicate one day to each one of your creative passions.
You can enjoy all your artistic passions, but one tentacle at a time.
2 thoughts on “The Creative Octopus”
I like the analogy of the octopus. Good advice, thanks!
Hi, thanks for visiting. Yes, many times we end up with a pen in hand, a brush, a violin, a camera, a hammer, and many other things we love. Finding a balance between all that may be challenging.
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