My dog, Deuce, has been taking dance lessons the last few months. He is so excited about this new opportunity for hanging out with other dogs, and some sexy ones.
Initially, Deuce was concerned that his passion for this new creative outlet would rob precious time from his other interests – sniffing trees, rolling in the grass, humping at the dog park, lying comatose for hours on one of his floor rugs. But to his surprise all of his tried and true dailies are that much sweeter for having incorporated dance into the routine. His muscles are stretched and worked, so relaxation time feels nicer. The exercise has his dog sexy going so they can’t refuse him at the park. And sniffing, well, Deuce will just ALWAYS find time for sniffing.
Perhaps there is some lesson to be learned here for us human types of the creative persuasion. It is so easy to equate amount of time spent on our craft with dedication and commitment. But time spent AWAY from our creative work is pretty important also. For example, the problem solving we can engage in, be it at day jobs, around the house, in social situations, strengthens a critical skill set, highly transferable to our creative endeavors. Additionally, we give ourselves an experiential reboot by diving enthusiastically into a variety of daily pursuits. The learning derived from a daily life lived with joy, commitment, focus, intensity, offers fresh fodder for our creative process. We are not drained by upping our daily game. We are supercharged.
Deuce highly recommends dance, and particular the latin styles, as a new creative outlet for you. But if dance is not your thing, he suggests, at the very least, to begin sniffing around the trees.