As I am trying to find the fun in life again, I’ve decided to take a inspiration day at least once a month. I aim to get that to a half day off every other week, so I could just focus on getting inspired and actually get out of my studio – most of the days I just sit here and only time I go out and might see a actual living human being is when I take Milli for walkies. Or well obviously I see Joni when he leaves in the morning and after his work but you know what I mean. As most of you know, my studio is just a room here in my home, so actually I don’t even commute or eat lunch anywhere else. Or sometimes I do, but that’s once a month tops.
So, I had a half day off and went on see Shoplifter’s colorful and fuzzy exhibition in Kiasma. I had planned to go since it opened early this year but somehow I just made excuses not to go. But I’m glad that I actually took the time and went as it was all I had hoped – super colorful and oh soft and most of all, super quirky! Obviously it was also very photogenic and there even were spots to designed so that you could nail that perfect selfie. I still feel a bit akward when taking selfies out in the world so I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone while taking these shots – even if there was just handful of people in the exhibition as I was there.
It was just a one floor or exhibition hall in Kiasma, but I spent like more than an hour there. Just walked around and around and let the colorful fuzz do it’s magic. I went to see the other exhibitions in Kiasma too, but the Shoplifter one was absolutely my favorite. Colors just give me so much joy and I feel so connected to artists and creatives that do things like this, it’s like we speak the same language of crazy.
I felt super refreshed actually taking some time away from my studio and it felt nice to just go by myself, to do just what I wanted to do and take my time with it. Taking this time off from the regular everyday work life, my imagination truly woke up and a lot of things that I had been pondering and procrastinating felt easier to accomplish and I crossed a whole lot of things of my endless TO DO list later that week; some because they didn’t feel important anymore and some because the problems I had finishing them had somehow vanished.
I definitely will keep this up as I felt the affect of it immediately – taking some ‘me time’ was definitely worth the half a day not working. Don’t they say that your own creative mind is your biggest asset? So it’s super important to take care of yourself too. That’s definitely something I need to work on, as I feel instantly bad when I take some time off when ‘I could be working’. It will take it’s time but I just keep focusing on pushing those thoughts back and not listen to them, when I’m somewhere enjoying my life.
This inspiration day gave me so much, that I bet it would benefit you too. It doesn’t necessary need to be a museum or art exhibition – just take some time for yourself and do something you enjoy. It can also be an hour or during the weekend, start small and work your way to a bigger time slot. A little me time gives your brain a much needed reboot and in a long run more room for fun from all the worries. It takes time to actually get rid of that little voice inside your head that keeps pushing you down ‘for not working hard enough’ and believe me, I am still right there with you. But I believe that we deserve to have the fun too, and it’s harder to worry when you are truly enjoying yourself!