As threatened, here I am with another post!
As I mentioned, I really didn’t go on any planned hiatus from blogging, things just kind of happened that way. The pull of fresh air and sunshine is certainly part of it, but there is a more subtle reason that may account for blogs inadvertently disappearing. Or oil paints drying up. Or guitars laying in a corner under a coating of dust.
I think any creative endeavor is like a blade of grass or a weed growing up through a crack in the pavement. Given just a slight jump on the elements, it pushes forward, emerging more day by day, until finally, if it doesn’t get chopped down, the persistent, constant pressure of the new life cracks the pavement and permanently claims a place. Maybe this metaphor appeals to me because I see nature reclaiming some of our old decaying industrial places around here.
The roundabout point being made here is that creative effort, every day, tends to bring forth more creativity. When I was posting often, I was always seeing new material for posts. I thought about what ideas I wanted to get across. There was a momentum.
But let your efforts lapse, and pretty soon the mundane and the maintaining of our daily life tend to take over. You start listening to the news (why?). You actually find yourself thinking about all the crap the media and other sources throw at you. “Earth Leakage” as coined by Jean Burman is a good way to think of it!
In short, life becomes all about THEM and less about YOU. I don’t mean that in an egotistical sense, I mean that I think it’s up to us to determine just what THEM we need to concern ourselves with.
It’s time to decide just who is gonna be in my THEM Club. It’ll be a pretty select group. Everybody else can go to hell.