I was looking forward to visiting St. Augustine. It is the oldest city in America (1500’s)
It has all the things I love:
And a little bit kooky history with Ponce de Leon and his search for the fountain of youth
In spite of all the inspiring surroundings, I was overcome with a sadness and depression.
I felt like the whole ‘living my dream’ thing was a huge mistake.
I shared some of my feelings on facebook, and got some amazing feedback about staying inspired and the creative process.
I was reminded that my experience was not unique…everybody goes through some creative ‘block’ from time to time.
I realized that I was trying too hard to produce something creative and amazing every day.
I was like a fish swimming against the tide, I was putting out a lot of effort, and getting nowhere.
I should just go with the flow, and let the ideas come to me.
So I took a long (3 hour) walk on the beach, with no camera, no sketchbook, and no goal of making anything. I was just going to enjoy being a part of the world.
I had a breakthrough while watching fishermen at work. I had never seen that style of fishing, and I don’t know exactly why, but the ‘block’ vanished, I was inspired again, I felt good about my plan, and I was happy to be out in the world!
So today’s lesson was: don’t try so hard + go with the flow.
ps. even though i didn’t take any art supplies on my walk, i did have my phone, and was able to get a few photos of the fishermen