The Improv Life: Resting to Be Creative
This blog post will be antithetical to the goal of this larger writing project (30 blog posts about comedy in 30 days).
Basically, you have to rest if you want to be creative.
I know sounds crazy, especially in our work obsessed, production focused, rinse and repeat comedy *entrepreneur culture.
*Like basically you got to be out there hustling, doing as many shows and side projects as possible. That’s why I use this term.
Don’t get me wrong; I encourage everyone to go out there and get it because no one is going to give it to you.
But you also have to rest. Sometimes it feels like if I’m not consuming content, creating it, or thinking about it, I’m not doing anything else, and that’s not healthy.
And here’s why that’s bad: my best ideas come to me when I’m not thinking. My mind is at ease, and I’m open and vulnerable to whatever my subconscious wants to present me.
This is a proven thing (I wish I had some sources right now).
Go wash some dishes and see if you get any cool ideas. Or like go for a walk and relax, and then see what comes up from that.
Or sometime you just need to sleep. Like a lot. Or just need to cruise with some good music on. Whatever rest means for you, do that.
It’s a parodox. If you want to do a lot, do nothing. Bear with me on this one. Your mind needs to process things. To do that, it needs time and space. You give it time and space by not constantly being busy. Being busy clouds your mind, blocking ideas from getting through.
So don’t be busy and your mind will process things. And as rest, ideas, insights, and revelations will arrive. And at that point, it’s up to you what to do with them. But at least you set the stage for them to show themselves.
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