The last few weeks have been slow for me, creatively. This is okay. For one, the creative mind needs space to observe, process and rest before the production of important work can begin.
That’s an important point; but this is also okay because I’ve put a focus on isolating and eliminating the biggest obstacles between me and my subconscious. Time and again, my projects and ideas are foiled by the same two things.
First, my body. This includes my mind. I am an instrument, in every way. I use my body to sing, I use it to work. I use it to play, I use it to think and I use it to recharge. I’ve never been terribly unhealthy, but long-standing issues, a lack of insurance, and misplaced priorities have now left me in a place where fatigue, stress, self-consciousness and inconsistency hold me back. To only consider the mind and body as separate is folly; this instrument is your only true asset.
Over time, I’ve come to realize the import of this. Through a proper diet, careful supplementation, and regular activity, as well as making more space for my mind to be idle, free and creative, I’ve placed a new emphasis on making sure I am ready for anything and everything life throws at me, whether by my design or not.
The other primary thing keeping my life from where I feel it should be is, basically, finances. I never took money very seriously (certainly not because I had an excess of it, but because it never took all that much to make me happy). I’m lucky in that I have far less debt than most of my friends and family. But as I’ve grown and begun trying to design my life rather than just live it, it’s a sad truth that money is important.
More specifically, if I want to be able to live in a worthwhile place, eat worthwhile food and most importantly have the time and space to create, I need to be financially stable. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, bills will pile up. If I’m spending mental cycles worrying about how I’m going to pay Verizon this month, that’s energy I’m not putting toward the work. Not only that, the weight of those issues adds up and will stress the creative vibe right out of you. I’ve seen it happen, and I’ve even been there.
My method for creating this space is dead simple: I’m working hard now to eliminate my bills one by one, until only the absolutely essential remain. I have a car payment; I shouldn’t. I have a balance on my credit card; I shouldn’t. I don’t have much of a savings account; I should.
And it sucks to say, but even being a starving musician takes money. I need a PA head. My guitar’s intonation is whack. I’ve gotta have a physical space where I can make some real noise. I need to have a vehicle that can accommodate equipment for gigs. And I need to have money to live on so I can do nothing but my work for a while.
So that’s where I’m at right now; focusing my body/mind, and streamlining my financial circumstances. Both of these will give me the power I need to be more creative than ever.
What’s standing in your way?