Someone once said to us “You artsy types, aren’t you all ruled by your inspiration and muses? I couldn’t live without my routine.”
We explained that yeah, we do have brief, shining moments when inspiration grabs us by the collar and forces us to listen up, but really-we’re all about routine too. We have a schedule. We have a rhythm.
Then we realized: we also have a rut.
Not to say that ruts are necessarily a bad thing. Ruts are comfortable. Friendly. And yes, they can even work for us. After all, when you’re trying to make a little moola, ruts generally equal making what people are interested in buying, right?
But here’s the thing: when it comes right down to it, inspiration is the easy part. When inspiration arrives, you just need to perk up your ears and give it a chance. Breaking out of that routine, getting yourself out of your rut…that’s the battle. Because sometimes you need to face your fears of the unknown, climb out of that comfy rut you call home, and see what else is out there, and doing that isn’t always easy. After all, you’ve been living in that rut for quite some time, and you’ve got everything just the way you like it. It’s even rent controlled-why would you ever leave?
What we need remind ourselves-on a much more regular basis than we usually do-is that climbing out of that rut doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems. It doesn’t have to be a huge journey-maybe it’s as simple as walking out your front door and looking around you with new eyes. Trying a new technique, or coming up with a new design. Or, hey, if you’re up for it, you can take a giant leap, finally packing up and moving to Spain to live for a year abroad. That works too. (And hey-send us a postcard when you get there, will you? You know how we worry.)
But the point is this: ruts, for all their cocooning comfort, only allow you to go down one path. Why not take a chance and take a path of your own making? You may just find that you enjoy the new view.