This week was the first in which I had to balance my Digital Storytelling life and my actual life.
Because even though DS106 is for life, it’s really, really important to make sure you have a life outside of Digital Storytelling as well. I’m sure most of you do, but this is something I personally have to keep reminding myself since storytelling and writing and all related creative things are my favorite past time, and for me, this class is very much a hobby as much as it is hard work. A few weeks ago as we were just getting into the course, I chose to spend the evenings of a good part of my weekend working on DS rather than actually interacting with people, and though school is indeed very important, that’s simply not healthy. So this week, I decided to do things a little differently and go off the grid.
I went on a wilderness retreat with my church group this weekend an hour away in Hanover, VA, to rest in the all the beauty that life has to offer and simply to be. And though the stress that constituted the days leading up to my departure could have very well been avoided had I eliminated my propensity to procrastinate, I do believe that my looking forward to and subsequent participating in the experience contributed greatly to my creative process (works of the week can be found below).
If you ever feel yourself continuously suffering from writers’ block or in a creative rut, I highly encourage you to step outside your school work and yourself and take in the all the beauty that your life has to offer you. Because that very well may be the exact inspiration you need.