This week, during my drive down our country highway, I’ve been marveling at all the kamikaze butterflies hurtling themselves towards my windshield. Fortunately, my windshield is at just the angle to deflect most of their attacks. The air current scoops them up and over the van to safety. However, upon reaching my destination I’ve noticed that other butterflies and windshields are not so lucky.
Did you ever try to create while traveling at high speed through a sea of kamikaze butterflies? There you are, just you and the keyboard/piano/canvas. The phone starts ringing as the UPS driver arrives at the door. Once angelic children begin to fight and the dog has to go out right now!
Scheduling creative time is like getting the angle of the windshield just right. If you schedule your time when the butterflies are not traveling, you’ll have more peace and a clear view of the road ahead. This can mean getting up before the rest of the household. Or it can mean hiring a sitter and placing a do not disturb sign on your door. Sometimes, the only way to get peace is to leave.
As I parked the van, I realized that the butterflies were not Kamikaze’s. They were simply trying to get to their destination while I bulldozed through their path. There is no way to go around the butterflies. I’m learning to travel with them.