Hug the Ones You Love

I have been following a story off and on throughout the day yesterday. In Oklahoma City, a six-year-old boy fell into Lake Stanley Draper. His mother jumped in and tried to save him, paramedics work on him all the way to the hospital, but he died last night.

That’s just unimaginable. I couldn’t figure out what to post for today, but there are few things more important then family and telling everyone you care about that you love them.

Hug the ones you love. We’ll be back on a regular posting schedule tomorrow.

Here’s a link to the story if you want to see it.

Creativity & Current Events

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I thought about doing a video on it. I still might. For now, I decided to just blog it.

There is, to my mind, a dangerous trend where influencers or other people in positions of authority (whether official or not) are recommending that creatives and would-be entrepreneurs should stop watching the news and focus on their passion. That sounds good, but here are a few reasons why I think it’s a dangerous thing to do.

  1. First of all, you can’t work in a vacuum. You’re not in an isolation tank. You live and work in the real world with real problems and issues that are happening. You need to be aware of what is going on for a variety of reasons.
  2. Your passion or pet project might be something that can help other people (ideally, right?). If you don’t keep up with current events, you won’t have any way of knowing if what you’re working on is viable, outdated, needed, or already available.
  3. You’re choosing to be ignorant. Willful ignorance is the worst kind. You don’t know it all. You can’t choose to ignore what’s going on around you because you know it all. I know people like that. I want as little as possible to do with them.

I understand the reasoning behind the advice to stop watching the news. It’s easy to get dragged into debates, whether online or in person, about what’s going on. It’s easy to get caught up in the news and not get necessary work done. (The same could be said for TV in general, but I’m not even going to recommend people not watch TV/Netflix/whatever. Believe me, I love me some NCIS.) The most recent person I heard say this had good intentions. The rest of his advice was sound. But ignoring any and all news? Nope. I have to disagree with that one.

Besides that….

Something in the news might actually spark an idea that you need to work on.

All this to say: Keep up with current events, but don’t get totally sucked in by the news or anything on TV or your streaming service of choice. Keep creating. The world needs you involved, paying attention, and creative.

When You Don’t Know What to Say

Maybe I should have called this “When I Don’t Know What to Say.” I decided to use “You,” though, because there are times when many of us don’t know what to say or even if we should say anything.

Sometimes I run out of things to say. Or, I don’t know how to say what I’m thinking. This usually happens when I’ve been overthinking. I actually get accused of doing that a lot. And it’s true. When I follow my instincts, I tend to do much better than I do if I think about it first. (Whatever “it” may be at the time.)

Then there are the times that things happen, either personally, locally, or nationally, and I feel like I should say or do something. But I have no idea what that something should be. And that is when I wonder if there is even a point to all of this. To the creating, the writing, the making, the caring.

I know there is.

During WWII, someone suggested to Winston Churchill that they should cut funding for the arts in order fund the war effort. He said (and I could be wrong about the exact wording here), “Then what are we fighting for?”

Even when we don’t know what to say, keep on keeping on. Keep creating. Let your voice be heard for you and the people who truly cannot say anything, not just because they don’t know what to say.

This took a more serious turn than I had intended. But, I suppose, when thinking about current events as I sit down to write a post, that ought to be expected. It also goes to show that even my creative path is not all fun and games and laughter, though I might wish it otherwise.

We have to figure out what to say. We have to say it. And, ultimately, we have to keep creating.