I’ve had the distinct feeling that something is missing from my professional life lately. Sure, my company is moving right along, my family is about to have a new addition, and my health is on the upswing. But something has definitely been missing, and I finally realized what it is: art.
See, before I was a high-tech consultant, I was an artist. I wrote poetry. I painted and sketched. I wrote songs (and even sang a few). I published an art magazine. Art was a regular part of my life. But as the demands of my profession grew along with my family, I let art become less and less a part of my daily routine. I think I need to find a way to re-integrate artistic pursuits into my life (sorry, but I don’t count coding as as artistic pursuit).
For that matter, I’d like to integrate my artistic pursuits with my business somehow. What would that mean? Better design on my web projects? More beautiful interfaces for my homegrown management tools? Marketing materials that could be framed and hung on the wall? Truthfully, I don’t know. But I do know that injecting artistry into what is a fairly dry profession can only be a good thing. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Don’t worry, I’m not going to turn into some hippie who treats coding like a tortured artiste with no concern for deadlines or costs. 😉
The other thing that has been on my mind lately is my own role within my company.