Another year has come and gone. I’m doing my art thing, and luckily I still love it. That being said, it can be quite challenging at times.
I seem to learn a big lesson every year, especially through the chaos that is the holiday season. This year was no different, although I would prefer to learn my lessons without feeling like I am dying. I came down with what felt like a small case of the black plague in which I was pretty much incapacitated and struggled to move, let alone work.
Because I am hard headed, I pushed through it and got to work in the studio. Which always ended in me feeling worse and crashing. The next morning I would feel slightly better or worse and I would push myself again. This pattern continued for several days, until I just couldn’t push at all.
To my surprise my internal conversation had become vicious. I felt like I was a worthless waste of space because I wasn’t working.
I paused for a moment to evaluate my thoughts.
I realized that I was pushing myself hard because I was afraid that if I took time off, I would cause irreparable damage to my art career.
So here is what I learned from that experience:
- If you’re sick, take care of yourself, the hell with work.
- If you love what you do, be careful not to turn it into work.
- The world will be fine if you take some time off.
- Working hard is not the same as working smart.
- If you start taking yourself too seriously, stop.
- Just have fun, life is too short to be caught up in seriousness.
- Don’t try to impress anyone, you’re already impressive.
- You’ve got nothing to prove, just follow your heart.
- I love chicken soup, lime, and cayenne pepper when I’m sick.
- It’s OK to binge watch Netflicks when you are ill.
Yup… life changing if you ask me 🙂