There’s always a lot going on. Always. It’s why millennials are probably the most anxiety-ridden generation. There’s a constant progression of news 24/7 and it never stops. Things are always happening, and we are always having to hear about it. We can try to avoid the news and the media if we so choose but everyone else around us will continue to talk about the new events that have been occurring. We will hear about the importance of the #MeToo campaign as women should be able to speak out about the assaults and harassment that happen to every single one of us, and we will hear about yet another stupid thing that Donald Trump has said, whether we want to or not. We are constantly being told we don’t do enough in our own lives, even if we spend every day looking for a job while working internships with no pay and more hours than any paid job would give us. There is a lot going on, whether it is in someone’s personal life or around them, and with everything at the tip of our fingers, we are consuming a lot. It’s probably why the more recent Gen Z have articles written about them where they are cutting off social media and internet communications in order to enjoy the world in front of them. Let’s be real, it’s pretty boring online sometimes. Yet I continue with this article, which is posted online and for your digital entertainment.
See, everything is always happening, whether there is the internet to tell us or not. We’re just more aware of everything surrounding us more than ever. I try to keep myself busy the majority of the time. I work, I study, I run this website, and my own business, while trying to keep my hobbies afloat and work on art/photography exhibitions for the future. We’re always out to prove ourselves and it seems to be because there is so much noise, we have to try different streams of work in order to appear at the top.
I was recently talking to a friend, and we had a discussion about how slack we become with being creative when we’re on our own. See, we used to volunteer in a creative industry together, so we were always working on things, even if it meant practically leaving in that office, them taking money from our work, and us never getting any sleep, there were upsides to it. The number one thing was that we were kind of forced to be creative. That probably sounds like an oxymoron of sorts, but when you think about it, if you’re in an environment where you have deadlines and you’re surrounded by other creatives doing the same thing, you’re going to have to work, to prove yourself. It’s something that happens when you’re studying in a creative field, you have to do assignments and that makes you work at your craft constantly. When we’re alone in the real world we have to create our own structure, and we’re less likely to overcome creative blocks if we don’t make ourselves do the work. This all seems like a strange ramble, but it’s a discussion I thought I would bring to you. There’s so much going on always that it can be a bit too much, and you just don’t know what you should be looking at or where to start. We reflect on ourselves so much, and we see so much that we wonder what’s the point in trying to push the boundaries when it comes to things like art and creativity. Yet when we are actually physically surrounded by people in the same field, we want to push ourselves more. Is it because we can see how others struggle? The same as ourselves?
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. Jk. Just wanted to ramble about a conversation that brought back some creativity for me.
Photographed by Neil Tiongson (@extremelyneil)