Television Ate My Life

When I first started with a life coach, in a quest to try to make time for art and creativity in my life, I was wondering how I was going to find that time.  I worked long hours, commuted for hours a day, I have a young family and the 24 hour day didn’t seem to be long enough, even if I got my sleep down to 4 or 5 hours a night (you can’t, but we all try it, don’t we?).

My coach, who is very wise and perceptive, just challenged me to commit to a set time every week to engage in certain activities I loved.  OK, I thought.  I’m already doing a life drawing class once a week.  Why not make time for my other projects in the same way?  Make believe that I am going to a class and that I have to show up, on time, ready to create and leave when everybody goes home.  The only difference is that I would be the only one there.  I would be teacher, class, model, everything.

Amazingly, this simple discipline of making a date with yourself to make your art works great!  I was afraid that my kids and wife would suffer.  Did they heck!?  My wife uses the time to get on with her writing and has been writing some of her best stuff lately.  My kids get inspired by my creative exploits and want to do some of their own,  In fact, my son now wants to write songs and my daughter can’t wait to dive into Cubase.

Where did all this extra time that I didn’t think I had come from?  You know where.  I had fallen into the trap of slumping down in front of the television, exhausted and uninspired.  I found that I was watching any old garbage from the hundreds of channels of garbage available and frittering my life away.  So now, not only do I enjoy watching the shows I really DO want to watch much more, I feel more energised and less exhausted because I am following my passions instead of vegetating.

Throw off the shackles of walking zombie vegetable-dom.  Make a date with yourself to do the things you love and don’t stand yourself up.  You wouldn’t accept that from your friends, so why do it to yourself?  You’ll be amazed at the results!

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You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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1 Response to Television Ate My Life

  1. Patrick says:

    Great to see all this. Great getting a coach. Even Joe Montana had Bill Walsh to tell him to score. We all need help. Thanks for yours over the years!

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