Let’s jump right in because I have a lot of thoughts.
One of the biggest downfalls of creatives is either the feeling that there is nothing to do or that there is too much to do. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a majority of the time, it’s actually somewhere in the middle. It’s encouraging to feel that you are too busy to be creative or work on projects; sometimes feeling that the work you just can't get to is the same one keeping you so busy. On the other hand, it is easy to feel that there is simply "nothing to do" and none of your friends want to be creative with you and there is no inspiration and all the creative jobs are too far away. I know I’ve felt these things before and I can say from experience, it's a downward spiral into total apathy.
If you find yourself in a season like this, push through. You are not too busy. You have plenty of time to work on the things you love: you just want an excuse to not have to without feeling bad about it. Push through. You don’t need to rely on others to be creative. There are always things you can do from your house, from the nearest coffee shop, literally from your bed: don’t get in the mindset that the only creative and meaningful work is in Dallas, LA, New York *insert other major cities here*.
There are always ways of finding inspiration and creative outlets, even in the most simple forms. Read interviews with your favorite artists. Look through blogs and editorials for inspiration. Drive around and find cool locations to take photos. Go outside, clear your head, and meditate on the things you want in life. It’s so much easier to want something but trick yourself into thinking you’re too busy to achieve it than it is to want something and pursue it until you make it happen. Make it happen, you guys. It takes years of hard work to become an overnight success.
When I’m feeling uninspired, I go outside and listen to music. There’s something about it that kick starts my brain. I mentioned meditation earlier and if you’ve never tried it, please do. There is something so freeing and eye-opening about sitting silently and focusing on your breathing. It’s like a full reset. I never feel more ready to be productive than after meditation. Find what works for you. Maybe it’s going to the ocean and listening to the waves. Maybe it’s exercising. Maybe it’s meeting up with friends and brainstorming. Find what works and do that.
Don’t let apathy get the better of you.
Don’t let the idea of busyness get the better of you, either. If you are too busy to work on the things you claim to love, you don’t love those things. Dig deep and find your conviction. Find your tenacity and run with it.
I will conclude with the eloquent words of Pastor Eminem:
“You gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength.
And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse."