Inspiration, relationships, and the designer

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 in Thoughts

Term 2 in the digital design program at VFS is done and I’m still sitting here in front of the computer, lonely as ever. Working non-stop without much emotion for anything outside of design for the last four months has left me somewhat in the dust when it comes to what the rest of the world has been up to.

While I was lucky enough to have all of my non-slumber time devoted to school projects, in doing so I seem to have left my relationships with people and my hobbies by the wayside. And now, here I am on day four of my vacation between terms, feeling like there’s a big chunk of me missing. I feel like I’m in an on-again, off-again relationship with design, when I want it to be on all the time. “I thought we’d be in love forever, you’re all I’d ever need. And now you’re telling me you need space, that I need space for us to grow together and personally as an individual”.

The truth is I do feel like I’m getting into a rut in this relationship with design. Looking back I did immerse myself a little too much and I do need to take a step back every once in a while. Attaching myself to the metaphorical hip of design will only stifle my creative energy in the long run. I need to take a wee bit of time to spend on myself and my hobbies and some of the relationships in my life that inspire me to be a better person. It is only through balanced relationships with life that I can live a balanced life. Which includes becoming a better designer.

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