“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1
Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say
But if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend that you can build them again
The grass is high
The fields are ripe
It’s the springtime of my life -song lyrics from Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade Of Winter”
As much as I try to inspire people to “go make your art” in this blog, there are times when life just isn’t complicit with your artistic ambitions. Maybe you’re in one of those periods right now. Rather than force the issue or feel bad because you can’t seem to make it happen, just take a step back. Bring awareness to your situation, priorities and obligations and be okay that your art has to take a backseat.
For more on this, read this excellent blog post from Margo Aaron. I especially love the examples she gives of people who still find a way to be artistic in the margins. Even if for just a couple minutes a day. It’s inspiring.
Lastly…remember it’s not no forever. It’s just no for right now.