The Joy of Creating

 "You don't have to be Picasso or Rembrandt to create something. The fun of it, the joy of creating, is way high above anything else to do with the art form." - Chick Corea

"You don't have to be Picasso or Rembrandt to create something. The fun of it, the joy of creating, is way high above anything else to do with the art form." - Chick Corea

Don't Forget the Joy

I believe whole-heartedly there's significance in doing what you love, but I've heard people say that when you start getting paid to do what you love, it loses something. There's a sentiment that the thing which used to be a source of serenity is now simply work. I suppose there's some truth to that.

For me, music used to be a hobby. It was a way to unwind. I would play classical pieces I had memorized to de-stress. But when music became my job, I had to find another hobby. I had to find another means of checking out mentally. A lot of my friends find this to be true. When my friend Josh wants to turn off his mind from work and editing, he cooks. I have a couple quadcopters I like to fly. And crash. And fix.

So no, I don't tell people my hobby is music anymore. But that doesn't mean I've lost the joy of creating. Why would I want to do it for a living if I don't still love it? Don't let familiarity turn off your passion. It's a bad idea for your relationships and it's a bad idea for your job. If you need a break take one. If you need to take time to find the joy of creating again, it's time well-spent.

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