I can become exceptionally zealous and fascinated with a subject for a matter of time, upwards of a year. This quirk of mine has helped me develop a, ‘jack of all trades’ repertoire of skills: I can cook and clean and look after a lot of kids at one time (and of course have fun with them to boot!)–but I can also build barbed wire fences, run large scale printing presses, make a mean _”(enter cocktail name )”, put a tent up quickly…play numerous instruments and at least can hold my pitch well enough…draw, illustrate….an absolute clutch member of a trivia team…fairly well travelled and read.
It is probably easy to observe that I have been going through some old luggage I’ve been schlepping about for the last couple decades and it has really escalated this obsession thing. Everyone has their distractions, I just like mine to make something in the end. Like I have something to show for all that time and effort. I quit TV when I was 18. The Internet is sometimes a mighty temptress. So perhaps my drawings and artwork arediversional distractions to focus nervous energy elsewhere, but it’s better than just fretting about.
The last couple days I wanted to draw out verses of the Tao Te Ching. I’m not particularly any more reverent to this book compared to any other book of metaphysical and existential philosophy and actually only just picked it up a few days ago. In the moment I had thought to myself, “I’m gonna illustrate the whole dang book!” We’ll see: will other interests develop or return? Life has been awful exciting lately for me, that’s for sure!