I suppose most would consider it a trite and tired cliché to say that "Nothing ever goes as expected."
Chiché or not... it can certainly be applied to this mysterious thing we call "creativity."
Why am I even writing this?
Well, I have been thinking about this idea that I often try to make plans for what I want to accomplish on any given day, and most of the time — at the end of the day — what I actually accomplish ends up looking nothing like what I set out to do.
Fortunately, I am blessed with the ability to have a lot of flexibility in what I do — there's no "boss" telling me what to do, and when — as long as we are able to pay the bills as they come due.
This month, for example, I figured I was going to "write a lot." Made sense: We're starting in towards fall, and I'm spending more time inside. And yet? So far, September seems to be the month this year in which I have felt the least inspired to write.
At the same time, I have felt like my powers of concentration have been near an all-time low. And yet? This past week I was able to dig in and get 100+ new items listed for one of my eBay stores. Not even sure how I managed to do that...
As some of you know, I paint on stones (see my @alchemystones alt for more), and I had a positive feeling that the Covid restrictions and stay-at-home mandates would help me have a "banner year" with that aspect of my creative life.
Has that turned out to be true?
Not in the slightest! In fact, I have felt slightly alarmed by the relative lack of inspiration I have felt... and the negligible flow of new ideas and finished items coming from my hands. I actually went several months without completing a single piece, which is something that hasn't happened since mid-2017. And back then, we were busy running an art gallery, so I actually had an excuse.
Maybe it's simply part and parcel of the creative life that it is unpredictable... and maybe that's the reason many artists get labeled as "unreliable flakes." I certainly feel like a bit of an unreliable flake, although the only person I am really flaking out on is myself.
As I sat back and considered this "random ramble," I couldn't help but remember Ann the therapist's words from some weeks back, reminding me that there's a subtle form of "Covid Depression" out there... not something that hits you like the "wall" that is full-blown clinical depression, but something that sits over people like a subtle gray filter on an otherwise sunny day.
Really? Am I actually feeling the effects of this new "pop culture affliction?" Yes, I'm poking a bit of fun at it... maybe I shouldn't be.
What's funny about that is that I still have plenty of interest and enthusiasm for both planning and brainstorming, it's just the execution part that's a bit lackluster. Which is somewhat strange — at least in my own case — because I tend to be far better at "just DO-ing" than most people... often with very little advance planning.
Not entirely sure what to think about that...
I suppose this is where I should stop this bloggy ramble and launch it out into the world before the clock strikes midnight... so I can at least head to bed with the knowledge that I did manage to get a post out on Sunday!
Here's hoping you all had a good weekend, and wishing you a safe, productive and CREATIVE week ahead!
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Created at 20200913 23:55 PDT