The false sense of urgency
We are in undefined times. Brand will call it unprecedented and employers will call it uncertain, but what remains is it's a time that no one has been able to explain. Nothing before it is like it, and well - we obviously don't know the future.
The world has been slowed down and we're under attack. There's chaos and stillness co-existing. We're living in fearful yet hopeful times. I can go on describing it, but it's everyone's reality right now. Normalcy isn't something that we know and truthfully I don't know if we'll ever get that back. I think these times will redefine normalcy.
So we're here in this space with all the feelings and thoughts, and in the midst of it all, there's a sense of urgency to create/learn/ do in this time. I've seen numerous posts, articles, tweets and more encouraging us to pick up new skills and habits. I wholeheartedly agree with this trope.
HOWEVER!!!!!! IT IS NOT BY FORCE.
I'm seeing a growth in unnecessary pressures to 'DO'. If you're anything like me - your anxiety is peaking, there's nothing worse than hearing that you have to be doing something when you physically or even worse - mentally, cannot.
I encourage you to keep active and busy, but do not stress over creating your master piece in this season. I know you may have started 2020 with crazy vision, and that's all gone blurry because of the current storm we're in. Don't force making something in this time. Use this time to protect your sight.
When all is said and done, some of us will be needed to see. Those who lost vision and sight will need ours to see that there is still hope and beauty in life. We will create to restore. Don't answer to the unsolicited pressures to deliver. There's enough stress in the world as it now, so you don't need any Instagram or twitter accounts making you feel like a failure.
I think this is a great time to, more than any other to spend time with yourself. Now is a great time to know the why and how of your creative process. Understand how to 'DO' and 'MAKE'. Explore new thoughts and ideas. Just don't feel pressured.
I hope you're doing well in this time.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and stay indoors.