We take a retrospective report, this time with the prospect of various viewpoints.
When we look back at our own history, it only makes sense now. It's never lucid at the time. Today's mirror emits a story that can't tell a lie.
While the future prohibits knowledge, gathering experience increases one’s attentiveness toward ambient hints. Age is didactic — it compels us to notice and thereby prevent the patterns and vices we originally pursued.
The creative part of us gets tired of waiting. Or just gets tired.
We may have to live things twice in order to figure out what to do next. The coexistence of both hope and despair push us through the messy middle.
From the cave to the smartphone and onto the next magical widget, the fun is in the hunt to use the tools of today to look back and figure out what's on the other side of the rainbow.
Quality is less important than the repetition — you can always go back and review it later.
When's the last time you got talker's block?
Writing is creating. It's an art, like painting and drawing where the end-game is clarity, abstraction, or intricacy weaved together.
It's not the writing that bogs down writers. It's the editing. It's the painful process of crawling through the brain dump you just took on paper and then polishing it for publication. As the Marines say, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
People confuse busyness with productivity. Answering emails all day is mostly a waste of time, as is instant messaging co-workers. Doing something — typing into little boxes all day — fulfills the human desire to feel useful.
Similarly, people often perceive what artists do is an unnecessary use of time. But creativity is a fancy version of productivity.
When it comes to painting, songwriting, and any other artistic vocations, nothing gets wasted. Scraps and shitty rough drafts lead to the best answer.
Sensible work gets us paid. Yet, when we photograph everything, we look at nothing. Without propelling the imagination and putting work on the canvass, we are just waiting for the next rebound under the basketball hoop rather than looking how to score.