“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called Stress; Working har for something we love is called Passion.”
I think that in the society we live today, when everyday is filled with all the ‘ have to’s’ and ‘must do’s’, and at times it can feel a little overwhelming. It is so easy to get caught up in everything that we have to do, that we forget about the things that we love to do. You are perhaps thinking, that ‘I can do that later, I have no time to do it now’or ‘When all this is done I will sit down and do the stuff I enjoy’. Believe me, if you don’t take time to do what you love, now. Then you will probably never get to it because there will always be something else coming in the way that you ‘have to do’.
At times you may feel stressed or totally exhausted, that you don’t feel like to doing anything, well that is absolutely fine to. Because it is important to listen to our body, and if it tells you to just rest and do nothing, then that is what you should do.
I have experienced the feeling a lot of times, not having the feeling to do anything, that nothing is fun or interests me anymore. Suppose we all go through phases in life. During the past five plus years, I’ve been working in a very stressful and at times negative environment. There were days when I was thinking, how will I manage to go through this day? But in some miraculous way I DID manage, but I could feel that my ‘passion’ wasn’t in it, it only caused me to feel stressed out and miserable. But, when I actually started to take time to do what I really enjoy and love doing in my free time, things sort of changed and I was able to cope with the stress better. And I could feel that my life was starting to have meaning again. Life isn’t only about working hard day in and day out, well it is good of course because it gives us what we need; a roof over our heads, food on our tables, clothes to wear etc.
Back in 2012 I started to take my art more seriously, up until then I was not very active in creating art. I have always been drawing and all that but, it was like I needed to ‘kick’ myself to get going. Then one day I came up with the idea that I wanted to draw classic cars, and I created a few illustrations that were meant to be as a tribute to my Dad, that died suddenly eighteen years ago, he was a truck driver.. But when I was finished with those illustrations I thought to myself that this is really fun. I enjoy working with these classic cars, they have so much details, and a character that you do not find in the cars we have today.
The illustration above is of a Lincon Capri if I remember correctly, and I even have this cool red ‘toy’ car which I couldn’t restist buying at an airport a few years back. During the past three years I have built up a big portfolio of classic and vintage cars.
This vintage car is what I am currently working on, a good friend of mine has borrowed me some reference pictures of this particular car. And I am hoping to have this finished soon. When I do art it is not unusual to me to have several work ongoing at the same time, simultaneously. At the moment I am in the last phase of a children’s book project where I am the illustrator. And having worked on this along side my ‘normal’ day job, has helped a lot to cope with stress.
Having said that, it is also important to give yourself time and space to just be and do NOTHING! I am passionate about art, photography and the nature, and if I don’t get my fair share of those things in my life, I am snookered and get off balance, in a way. But there is also times when I simply take a Time-Out from everything, and put on my hiking gear or cycling gear and get out in the nature. There is nothing more soothing and relaxing than being outdoor in nature.
Yep, this is me alright! And it is so refreshing for the mind to get up in the mountains. This picture was taken up in the Wicklow mountains, close to Glencree, where we were stopping for a coffee break before heading all the way down again. During this spin we did some 50km or so.
So all this is what I am passionate about and what is helping me to cope with stress. Luckily I will change job in a couple days and there will be some small changes, on a positive note.
Hope you have enjoyed reading and I wish you all a great weekend!
~ Eva’s Chronicles ~