I’m always impressed by how many of us have incredibly full lives outside of sewing and knitting. I know of bloggers who are actors, scientists, teachers, designers, business people, parents, bakers, gardeners… This list goes on and on. What we do here is only one slice of the pie! Which is a very good thing.
Myself, I work in children’s publishing. I edit full-time and write. On a daily basis, I see and experience the highs and lows of creative pursuits. It’s a rollercoaster, and you’d better make sure you’re strapped in. Many new authors see publication as the ultimate accolade. Well done, you have succeeded. Boy, are they in for a rude awakening. Commercial success brings its own rattling bag of insecurities. Your book’s out there, but is it selling? If it isn’t selling, will the publisher want more? Probably not. Am I capable of writing another book? Maybe. There aren’t any guarantees with creativity. We all know that and then some. Everyone here has a tight bundle of abandoned rags in their sewing psyche, even if it’s been thrown out of their sewing room.
This is why it’s really important to have other things to do. When I feel bad about my writing, I take comfort in the fact that I know I’m a really good editor. When I’ve had a frustrating day at the office, I come home and sew. When my brain is too frazzled for anything else, I focus on a single row of knitting. Just one row. All I have to do for the next ten minutes is move some sticks around some wool. Everything else disappears. My baby blanket project has saved my sanity on many a recent tube journey. (If you’re interested, the baby’s arrived and my blanket is 5/7ths finished!)
There are myriad ways of propping up your self-esteem. Run marathons, bake cakes, write poetry, retrain for a new career, buy a lipstick … get a sewing machine or buy some wool. Just have more than one mirror in the house. If you pour all your sense of self into a single area of your life, that leaves you teetering atop a tall and narrow pillar. You might get dizzy.
Well, that’s just my opinion and I may be wrong. What do you think? Has sewing or knitting helped you keep perspective? Do you think it’s good or bad to juggle several balls? It’s getting the balance right. Right?!