For those who have passions – work that drives them, that charges them, such as artists, who burn every day to move projects forward – it is critical to find a balance between these drives and the more mundane aspects of daily existence.
If we look at the basic human needs, food, shelter, social connection, we have before us the areas of daily existence where we should strive to achieve balance. The idea is that by seeking moderation in our satisfaction of basic needs, we preserve energy to go overboard in those few areas where we seek to excel. For artists, this is in their project work.
One area in which it can be challenging for the artist to strike balance is in the social arena. Our Composer of Music for art, for example, has very little time to invest in building “normal” relationships, given the need to work a full time job, and the demands of her creative work. She has found balance by first acknowledging that the typical allotments of time available and assigned by the average “9-5’er” to social pursuits are not available to her. Consequently, she allows herself to “grease the wheels” a bit. She finds individuals whom she can support a little bit, in exchange for which she receives some attention, some physical comfort. She realizes it is not ideal, but she finds some balance nonetheless.
Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge who you are, what you need. give yourself permission to find your own way, your own solutions. Enjoy the balance you can achieve in mundane life with your clever, creative ways. And enjoy the liberating effect of this achievement of balance on your creative process.