I prioritized sleeping this morning. According to the CDC 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. To look after my mental and physical health, I try to prioritize my sleep when possible. Of course, prioritizing sleep this morning meant less time to draw, write, or study before work. That’s okay!
I love that The Oatmeal’s fan base supports efforts like this one, to support the restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades.
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Daily Sketch Challenge: Bonus!
I’d already done my five sketches for the week, but I wanted to do another. Since I was talking about Planet of the Apes yesterday, I decided to go ahead and tackle a Caesar sketch.
Milestones and the False Big
Tomorrow marks the 100th daily thoughts post! My first thought at seeing that approach was to start thinking about what I could do for reaching 100 posts? It’s a milestone, isn’t it? In SuperBetter terms, is this an epic win?
I’ve just posted to the blog for 100 days. There isn’t anything particularly challenging about doing that. I’m having fun. I enjoy it. Consistency is great. It works for me. It could be a ‘milestone’ in the sense of a stone marking a mile. It is 100 posts. Okay, let’s keep walking. It isn’t that significant. Tomorrow isn’t any more significant than today.
It points to the second issue with thinking of a milestone as something significant, what I think of as ‘the False Big.’ We make things out to be a big deal. I finished a story. A novel. Ten novels! Or we set out to do something ‘big’ in the sense of importance.
I’m planning a massive reboot project. Isn’t that a big deal?
Creating art is expressive. It may be fun (or not) depending on your approach. Adopting the attitude that creating something is important, that it is a big deal, puts stress into the equation. I don’t want that for my work. I’ve done that in the past, and I’m done with that. I draw because I enjoy it. Because I want to do it.
And yes, the ‘challenge’ aspect puts some stress on it, making it a ‘big deal’ in a sense. I’m walking a line with that concept. The challenges are goals. Reminders to stop and enjoy myself, to make time for the things I want to do. I’m not putting any pressure on any particular drawing, story, or other projects.
I’m having fun. Like I had fun today doing the Caesar drawing.