This is the first of several common creative objections people use when asked about their creative endeavors.
Time – there’s just isn’t enough of it. You may feel this way too, there’s just not enough time to devote to my creativity on a full time basis so I won’t bother. But does it have to be all or nothing? What if there is a way to devote fully to your artistic projects by making a decision to do so and working within the time you have. SO you only have thirty minutes late at night to work on your project then devote yourself fully to those thirty minutes. Consider other ways to create during your busy day, even if it may not be the ideal time space you envisioned, that doesn’t mean you have to give it up altogether or punish your life for not being able to devote more time being creative.
If being creative is that important to you then you will create the space. It is about priorities and perhaps right now in your life there are other pressing priorities and your creative life has a smaller piece of the clock but that also doesn’t mean it has to suffer or be silenced, you can still find ways to fill your creative glass without feeling half empty. Once you decide to open up space in your busy calendar by re-prioritizing and making room for your creative projects you will have countered your first objection. Then surround yourself with other creative folks who are encouraging and supportive especially when you feel those creative objections surface.
There is no perfect storm for any artist – the conditions – the finances – and time allowance are always a factor.
If you still think that somehow if you just had enough time then you could become a full time artist, you are missing the whole point in that you still have to commit to the creation. There will always be some form of objection we create to try to stop our creative process, some distraction that says not now, but it is up to us to overrule those objections by showing up anyway and start creating.
That’s the solution to any creative objection – make it a priority – create the space – doing the work will silence the objection. Letting go of the notion that if we can’t do it full time then why bother or that someday we will have more time to be creative are all flimsy excuses that keep us safe from opening the door to creativity.
Your creative muscles are ready, they don’t care about your excuses, in their view this is do or die to their livelihood. They want to practice through commitment, to explore and experiment. This is what enjoying the creative life means, to honor your muse, create with intention, have fun with the process, try new things, collaborate, let go of expectations and trust the evolution in developing on its own without interference of perfection. When we realize that we have the ability to create the life we want, and begin to pay more attention to the choices we make with our time filled days we are well on our way to creating new life. As writer Sarah Selecky says in this article “Choice is creativity. Making choices about life is making art out of it”
To live more creatively means just that, to live more creatively throughout your day. We are amazing creative beings that crave to be open to see new possibilities and seize them. It’s time to start creating our art and stop creating objections.
Stay tuned for Creating Objections Part 2 – Fear