Making things is therapeutic. Getting into a flow state can be soothing, and beneficial for your mental health and emotional well-being. It’s also something that you can control. You don’t know what’s going to happen next, but you can make choices about what you want to make and how you want to make it. That’s why you should be creating in a world gone mad.
Like many people, I’ve had a hard time being creative this year. It’s easier to binge-watch Netflix. There’s comfort to be found crawling into a good book, Even just lay in bed pretending you’re able to sleep is less of a struggle. Beyond things that are a matter of choice there are depression, anxiety, and the hard realities we need to deal with.
What I do is frivolous is the grand scheme of things. I’m not curing cancer or brokering peace in the Middle East. That’s made writing a lot more difficult. It’s hard to find meaning in escapism when he world is being destroyed by people completely detached from objective reality.
Because writing is how I pay the bills, I’ve had to force myself to work. What I’ve found is that being able to get into a flow state is healing. Not only are you tuning out the horrifying inanity and grim statistics, you’re actively generating joy. And yes, I feel guilty about having those moments of happiness against a backdrop of pandemic and fascism, but I still need to do more than survive.
Creating in a World Gone Mad
At some point we’re going to come out the other side of this. Creating will help us be better positioned for whatever that looks like. Not because we’ve been using our time productively; if you can, great, but if you can’t there’s no shame in it. We’ll be better off because we’ve taken steps to protect our mental health. All you can do is be kind to yourself, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I Am Offline Until 9 November
I will not be checking email or reading comments until then. All of this week’s posts were written and scheduled in mid-October so I could take this week away from the internet.
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About Berin Kinsman
Berin Kinsman is a writer, simple living minimalist, and spoonie. By day he works as the owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.