No, this has not suddently turned into a law blog. I was moved to create this short post after reading a comment in a recent MM, Do You Ever Think of Giving Up? Nancy Natale wrote:
"Sometimes I think it would be nice to have
guilt-free time off."
Guilt: Why are we doing this to ourselves?
Yeah, yeah, I know one reason: We spend so much money each month for studio space that we feel we need to be in there every spare moment. But, really, if you own a car, do you feel compelled to drive it endlessly? Of course not. If you own a home, do you feel compelled to stay in just because of that mortgage you're paying. No you don't. And you don't feel guilty about going out, either.
Many of us spend so much time doing other things, like working a nine-to-five, that we feel we need to squeeze out every spare moment in the studio. That's understandable.
But why the guilt when we aren't in the studio making art? It is a Calvinist work ethic? (We're not Calvinists.) Is it something we learned in art school? (Hardly. We were all smoking weed and having sex.) Is it the pressure of "making it"? (Taking a day off is not going to tip the scales either way.) Is is age? (I felt that weight when I was 25, and I'll bet you did too.)
Of course we want to spend our time in the studio. It's where we work. It's where we think. It's where we come home to ourselves. But . . .
. . . where does this emotional burden come from?
Please, let's discuss.