I was thinking about Louis C.K. today, and how after all his hard work, he has his own TV show. And by “his own” I really mean “his own”. He gets to create art without guidelines. The plots are all over the place, you can’t figure out if you’re watching a comedy, an art film, or a weird drama; but it all works somehow. Probably because there’s only one chef in the kitchen. I’m sure I can’t say Louis does EVERYthing, but damn near for sure!
What a gift that would be to just create and be paid for it. I often dream of an ideal world where I wake up early because it no longer sucks to be conscious for the first half of the day, and I brew a pot of coffee to have with my breakfast of choice for that day while I page through one of the ultra-interesting magazines or newspapers I’ve been neglecting for years in real life. Once I’m through “breaking fast” and absorbing inspiration and information for the day, out to the walking trails I go with the dogs, to breath some fresh air and let the gears turn and the ideas percolate. Did I mention that in this world, the wife and I own a modern but super cozy solar powered home right by a lake and countless winding trails and rolling hills?
So I walk (this, by the way, can be replaced by running, canoeing, or whatever strikes my fancy that day) until my heart’s content, meeting many a friendly, interesting, but not overly talkative villager along the way. Then home for lunch and conversation with my lovely wife who just woke up and needs not attend a job she cares not to, due to the boatloads of currency brought in my my endless creativity.
After desert, another pot of coffee goes on, and it begins to rain (yes, all the time; unless I have something special to do outside). I then commence drawing and doodling and writing and creating while I listen to the rain tap against the windows, taking short breaks now and then to enjoy all the positive feedback I regularly receive from my adoring fans.
Ok, back to present day. I wrote this post because after a long day of web developing, and and long night of screen printing, I started poking around on some sites, and looking over some things I’d done in the past. I came across a short little cartoon I did about a year ago. I actually liked it, which is rare when you’re looking at past work, and decided to post it to Facebook once more. Will anyone else enjoy it? I hope so, but probably not; especially given the meager number of people Facebook actually shows your content to nowadays.
It’s fine though, cause I like it. It just reminded me of how creative I like to be, and how creativity under time constraints like I partake in now is just not, I don’t think, the ticket anyone is looking for. I don’t even think it’s true creativity if you don’t even have the time you need to flesh it out as much as you like. George RR Marin: now THERE’s a guy letting his creative juices go to work for real.
I get a certain amount of creative energy out in the work I do for money. And I really have nothing to complain about there. But boy wouldn’t it be fun to actually not be exhausted for once, and to have time to-I don’t know-hop on a train somewhere and create cool things on just a pad of paper and/or laptop as the scenery goes by?
As long as ideals like this live in my head, I think mindFull-or at least SOME similar place to post my “things”-will be alive and well.