In this consumer obsessed society, sometimes it’s hard to stay on creative task and not get distracted by all the big, shiny objects in the world. There are SO many distractions and items to acquire. For many of us, we are big game hunters in the consumer sense. We sublimate our need to catch our prey by finding the coolest collectible or the sharpest clothing.
The answer is the practice discipline and focus. To fight the good creator fight and not give in to the temptation of acquiring items. Yes, easier said than done!
Now, you have to understand this is coming from a guy who collects records, CDs, comics, and toys. I’m continually striving to keep it down to a minimum but I’m an avowed music addict so that’s the hardest one to stop collecting. There’s nothing like finding that KISS record I’ve been seeking or graphic novel.
I have a mantra that I use when I feel the pull to collect:
Create! Not Consume!
It’s still hard sometimes but the more I divert myself and be productive, the stronger my resolve becomes. The more I practice by drawing in my sketchbook or creating music on my Ipad out in a cafe, the less I feel obsessed with the hunt.