Bleeding from the Eyes and the Necessity of Regrouping
After four weeks of scouring the interweb for new ideas and ways to make this site one you’ll want to keep coming back to, I think I’m officially bleeding from the eyes.
But the ocular pain I’m experiencing suggests it has been worthwhile. The experience proves that my quest for self-improvement comes from both observation and criticisms.
Others’ observations and criticisms
Cause a re-evaluation in thinking
Help to prune the weeds
Offer clarity and insight
Provide a new perspective
Taken together these spell reinvention for me.
I believe that every artist worth his salt needs a way to step back from the work to rebalance and rejuvenate. Check around with creative types who you know. You’ll find that they each use a different method to get in the zone: prayer or meditation, exercise or adrenaline-fueled activities, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a walk in the park, a chat with a friend or loved one, a day at the beach, or spending time with a pet or on a project in an effort to reboot creativity. The method depends upon the individual.
While I don’t recall the minute details, I learned in a psychology class that there are two basic types of people when it comes to ways in which we humans relax so that we can think clearly. The gist is this: in any group of people, about half of them rely on quiet contemplation in order to chill out, while the others become energized by activity or chaos.
The quiet types relish a get away alone for a spell (me). That might sound counterintuitive to my closest friends, but think about it. I’ve been know to write with abandon or chatter non-stop unaware that I may be monopolizing a conversation. Meanwhile, my antitheses might choose a blowout picnic or festival where there will be lots of people and activities in which to participate.
Figure out which one you are, and plan some time off to regroup.