Recaffeinated Mondays: Creating the Things, Making the Art, Doing the Work

It’s Monday. Again.

It’s been raining since the butt crack of the dawn of civilization.

Here I am with yet another post about figuring this all out. At the beginning of the year, I mapped out a plan for writing, for developing the acting/directing/producing side of things, and yes, for working through this whole concept of being Santa.

I’m not sure that I’ve talked about all of that here. At least not in detail. The plan was to relaunch the production company blog in March, then relaunch the Santa blog in August or so.

This is on top of doing all of the other things I’m trying to juggle.

It’s also a part of trying to figure out what the heck I’m doing at sixty, soon to be sixty-one. The retirement date looms. I know exactly where it is on the calendar.

Somehow, late last week, it sort of came to me. My goals should be:

  • Creating the Things.
  • Making the Art.
  • Doing the Work.

It’s simple really. Then again, it’s not. At varying times in my life, I describe myself as a writer, an actor, an artist, a director, a producer…and I’m fortunate enough to be able to do so.

Still, most people would focus on just one, maybe two.

I’m a senior citizen. I can still hope to have it all if I want to.

Still, there’s a reality that there’s only so much time left in each day. Not to mention…well, let’s not mention that.

Here’s what it came down to.

Creating the Things.

It’s great that I want to create the novels, the paintings, the plays, the…fill in the blanks. But, I can’t necessarily do them all at the same time.

I have come to understand that it’s not as important to always be doing each of those things as it is to simply be creating. It’s about:

Making the Art.

It may be writing, it may be graphic design, it may be theater. It may be all of those things. But it’s creating. It’s making the art. All of those are art in a different way. At varying times, I may be creating all of them. So that, I’m:

Doing the Work.

Whatever it takes to get the work done. Don’t stop. Keep going.

Sure, there are times when renewal is needed. There are times when a week at the beach is desperately needed. There are times when evening cups with friends are needed.

There are times when evening cups with friends at the beach are needed.

All of this works together.

In figuring this out, I’ve decided that no, I don’t need to run three blogs. I’ll be talking here about the writing, about the production company, and about becoming Santa. All of that.

Right here.

You may find it a little disjointed. A little, or a lot, random. But it’s time to embrace the fact that’s who I am.

That’s who I’ve always been.

Too many school activities. Too many irons in the fire.

Heck, I had three majors in college…not at the same time.

This realization, if you will, may not be as profound to you as it is to me. I get that.

I’m figuring this thing out.

Hang on for the ride. We’re going places. We may not be taking the most direct route, but hopefully it will be entertaining and inspiring along the way.

Come on, let’s go create something.


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