As I’m leaving my apartment to take my daughter to school and I pick up my book bag packed with my work materials (laptop, notebooks, pens, etc.), I see my black 8.5″ x 11″ sketchpad and wince knowing that the extra weight will hurt my back.
I am not a lower back pain person but because I carry too much, I’ve caused my back to smart a little bit.
I know my notebook is the match that will break this camel’s back. And yet, and yet…it’s got to come along.
My days are filled with obligations, rushing around and a lot of long stints of staring at a computer screen. If I want to keep up the drawing habit and drawing my cartoons, then the sketchbook must come. Yes, I could get a smaller size but honestly I don’t enjoy drawing in a smaller sketch pad. I’m used to the 8.5″x 11″ size.
I will make the time to draw and make sure to inconvenience myself a bit to make drawing more convenient.
Why do we sometimes avoid the very thing that feeds our soul?
Whenever I draw and share a cartoon I feel great. My anxiety goes away and if it brightens someone’s day, that makes me even happier.
I know that drawing is an act that makes me spiritually, physically and mentally happier so what is the thing that holds me back?
I do have responsibilities: kids, work. Sometimes those responsibilities make their positions know as soon I open my eyes up until my head hits the pillow.
However, I also know that the mind can play tricks on me when I’m interested in pursuing something that means a lot to me. Suddenly time shrinks and I CANNOT make space to create cartoons.
I recently heard a podcast called The Eventual Millionaire by Jamie Masters. She interviews many entrepreneurs who are successful in varying degrees. One interview really stuck out for me and I felt it would be valuable to share with you here.
Robin Sharma found that the people who got the best results in their life did the following:
They were in the 5AM Club. While the rest of the world was sleeping and hitting snooze, 5AM Clubbers did the following:
1. Woke up at 5:00a 2. Did 20 minutes of exercise that made them sweat. This changes one’s psychological state as well as their actual brain health. 3. Did 20 minutes of journaling and meditation. 4. Did 20 minutes of writing and reading.
I tried it out this week and I found out that it was really helpful.
I could easily draw a quick sketch with a pen in the morning without too much fuss. Instead of letting my day overwhelm me, I was able to easily capture a few extra pockets of time where some very good creative thinking would happen.