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Yessss. I’ve been thinking about this recently, too. And what I’ve come up with is: if I’m satisfied with how I’m living my life, I’m not going to worry about outside perception of whether or not what I’m doing is cool or exciting.
BUT I realized earlier this year I need to push more and expect more for myself and my work because doing otherwise is (for me) another hallmark of fear interfering in my creative process.
Not taking chances means you can’t fail, right? Putting yourself out there and showing up over and over is scary, but it can lead to fantastic experiences that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Like you said, I don’t have to jump out of a plane, but trying new techniques, submitting more often, thinking outside the box more often, etc. is good for us and honors the creative gifts we carry.
Love this! I also am always so fascinated by process -- even when it's something that i will likely never do or care about? like, am I ever going to work in a french bakery? no. have i spent way too many hours watching videos about people working in french bakeries where they painfully detail the process of creating the dough, proofing it, sourcing their butter, etc...? ......yes
“Being bored is not the same as being boring” -- I love it! I saw an article somewhere I can’t remember about how a lot of successful dreamers wear similar clothes every day or other stuff to minimize decision making outside of their creative work. Could be seen as boring but it gives their creativity more space!
My productivity thrives off routine. I need routine to be creative, to draft, to revise... all of it. Without my routine, it all falls apart. So yes, a bit of "boring" is necessary at times.
Semi-related: Have you ever done the Clifton Strengths quiz? My number one strength is discipline, which basically means that I use routine to get things done. The whole test has been really eye-opening for me. Understanding how/why I navigate creativity (and life!) the way I do. https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/home.aspx
This is so interesting to me--maybe because my default "outside perception" worry has always been if I'm too weird--being boring doesn't really enter into my mind as a concern? (Which probably means I am boring but also totally fine with that.) Anyhow, my personal weirdness neurosis is probably why I *love* being online--because it's all weirdos, all the time. :) <Happy sigh.> My people!