What is your life’s work?
When I was a young boy that was one of the things I often pondered about: my life’s work. I knew I wanted to create things but at the time, I didn’t know what those creations would, or even could be. It was no surprise that when the time came, I was taken by the realm of the creatives.
This world makes you forget things. Fresh out of university I spent the better part of a year working on my Ka’Felon Mod. It was a time of raw creation. The experience was invaluable. I have come a long way since then and I am currently involved in a lot of other projects. Unfortunately, the worries of today’s world slowly made their way into my mind. I began to think too procedurally and too rigorously and even-though I am now working on several exciting projects I found myself unable to push any of them forward and here’s why.
I forgot the reason behind it all. What I’d like to call the worries of today’s world slowly became the focus or even the goal of my creations. Naturally that wasn’t going to workout very well. I stagnated for a very long time even-though I am now in the most exciting times in both my creative and personal life. But that all changed with a few lines from a book.
A good friend of mine suggested that before I do anything I need to hunt-down and read an important book. It took me a while to get my hands on it and I admit I was a bit skeptical about it. While reading today I came across a couple of lines that shook my foundations and reoriented my motivation and I think it might be a good idea to share it:
“What motivates the creator? The desire for the creation to exist.”
This totally slipped my mind. In fact, just yesterday I caught myself wondering why I enjoyed Ka’Felon so much and now, with so many exciting things happening, I can’t seem to enjoy my work. The answer was simple, my motivation had temporarily changed to reflect my worries but not anymore. I viewed my work as a means to an end, I had forgotten what they truly represented.
With my motivation now repaired I can press-on with my endeavors. I’m fortunate for two things: my age for allowing me the liberty to learn without heavy consequences and the support of the good people around me.
For those who are curious, the book is called: The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to become the creative force in your own life by Robert Fritz.