First off, let me preface this monologue by saying I feel truly blessed to be doing what I do. There is absolutely, without a doubt, no career or hobby I would rather have. HOWEVER, lately I've been wondering if there such a thing as too much creativity?I had an interesting conversation last night with my friend Kristie about creative energy. She was asking me if I experienced creative lulls in which I found it difficult to work. My answer, of course, was "YES!...all the time." In fact, more and more (take this particular drawing for instance) I feel I am forcing myself to be creative even at moments when I don't have to be, which, in turn, leads to creative burn-out. My teaching job requires that I use my brain to help my students become better designers. My freelance career mandates that I always try to think of innovative solutions to design challenges and, on top of that, my favorite hobby, drawing, asks me once again exercise creative muscle. Is it all too much?
Kristie and I recently started taking a pottery class. At first I thought this would be a great thing for me. I've had hardly any experience throwing clay and therefore I thought it would invigorate me to do something art related where I wasn't expecting to achieve particular results. However, despite how much I like messing around with clay and spending time with my friend (yes Kristie...this is true), I find myself anxious about attending class rather than looking forward to it. I'm feeling as though I have a limited amount of creativity and I need to be turning off its valve rather than keeping it on.
Hmmm...I wonder what you all think... Is it possible to do what one loves too much? Any suggestions for me?