Balance Consuming and Creating
If I don’t create enough in the evening, I find myself tossing and turning in bed, unable to fall asleep because suddenly I have dozens of ideas coming to me and they won’t stop until I write them down. Then I’m awake super late making notes in my phone.
That’s what led me to make this post, because not being able to fall asleep is annoying. That’s what happens when I don’t balance consuming and creating.
The definition of creating “enough” is different every day. It varies depending a number of factors. There’s no formula to it.
Finding that sweet balance between consuming and creating is less about meeting a specific ratio. It’s more about a certain feeling.
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” It’s about reaching that point of daily abandonment with some degree of satisfaction.
I create because it’s what I do… and I create so I can fall asleep at night.
If you find yourself in a period of all consuming and no creating, allow yourself the permission/space/time to create something. You can even create while you consume. Create anything. There are no rules or expectations—just try not to compare your creations to anyone else’s.
Create for the sake of creation, if you feel like it.
Find your balance between consuming and creating, whatever that looks like for you.
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