“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” – Pearl S. Buck
I’m all about being alone and making time for reflection (obviously, given the nature of my blog). I knew when I started freelancing that working from home rather than in an office would be a huge adjustment, and it was one that I eagerly embraced.
After two and a half years of flyin’ solo in my career, I don’t miss the office politics, gossip, and drama – what I do miss is being part of a wider community on a regular basis. I am very lucky to have wonderfully supportive friends and colleagues in the industry I can turn to at any time.
But on particularly long work days, when I’m sequestered in my apartment, I miss having a group of people around. I took some time this week to really think about this aspect of freelancing and what can be done to remedy the feeling of isolation. I realized that while I still love editing in the comfort of my home by myself, I need to carve out more time to spend on activities that require being around and engaging with lots of other people.
I had the chance to check out some great live music this week – Band of Skulls and Tallest Man on Earth. Being surrounded by a group of people all in a similar head space was just what I needed to kick-start my motivation, even though the activity had nothing to do with my work. Live music is what I love, and I’ll continue to make time for it.
Feed off others to fire your passion and your motivation. Get out of your head for a while.
Song of the Week: “Violet Rays” – Smashing Pumpkins