By Z.S. Roe
In most respects, I’m an artsy kind of person. For some people, making art comes both quickly and easily. For me, however, I need a bit of time and a fair bit of self-discipline (which I’m getting better at). But even more important, I’ve found, is a reasonable amount of down time. And I don’t just mean a few hours at the end of each day (though that too is important); what I mean is some time away to unwind, recuperate, and refresh.
A vacation, in other words.
As some of you might know, I just returned from a week of camping with my wife and younger sister. It was a good time all around, and just what I needed to start the new year (sorry, I grew up in the school system, so the year starts for me in September, not January). I have a new year-long project I’ll be announcing in the coming weeks, and this week away was exactly what I needed.
As a “creative” person, I’ve found that I need time to gather my … creative energy, so to speak. In today’s world, we’re often told to work, work, work; otherwise, the thinking goes, we’ll never get ahead. But some things in life (especially artsy-fartsy stuff) can’t be forced through sheer determination and brute force. As the body needs rest, so too does the mind.
So relax, take it easy. I’m sure you deserve it.
And just in case you’re wondering what I personally do to relax, be sure to check out the camping video I put together of my week away (it’s more of a home video than it is a vlog). FYI: My wife is the brunette, my sister is the dirty blonde.
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