Making Time for Art

Photo of an open colouring book on a table with a partially coloured-in illustration of the Pokémon Mew on it, and a background of magic crystal balls and spirals.

I think we can make time for art if we are willing to prioritize it. There is always something else you “should” be doing, but if you can choose art, I’d recommend allowing yourself to do so.

I moved two days ago AND just got a new kitten. I’m also still working and only recently recovered from being quite sick. There is So Much I have to do. I should go to the store for supplies. I should put my art up on the walls. I should deal with the tall stacks of boxes piled everywhere. I should clean up and organize my new place.

And I will. All of this will get done in due time.

What I have recognized is that I also need to prioritize these three things:

  1. Rest
  2. Time to bond with my new kitty
  3. Art

My brain and body are very fatigued. I’m letting myself nap and sleep in so I don’t crash.

I have a new little friend who lives with me! It’s important to slow down and ensure we’re hanging out, playing, and learning each other’s habits and rhythms.

And art! Not creating anything for long stretches leaves me feeling deprived. Considering how busy and tired I am, this can be low-pressure. The short story I’m working on that requires a lot of brain power can wait. Instead, I’m writing this in the morning and then meeting a few friends at a cafe to catch up and do some colouring.

Yes, there are about 1,000 other things I should be doing, but it’s just as vital I take care of myself and my new feline friend. I don’t have to unpack and get set up at record speed. There’s no deadline for that; it’s just something I need to chip away at. Though there’s a lot I should be doing, there’s also what I can choose to do, and I’m making sure to prioritize that as well.

Published by Sage Pantony

Sage Pantony is a writer, poet, and zinester. They write about gender, sexuality, mental health, trauma, creativity, and the best ways to cook eggs. They are the author of several zines, including a trilogy about transitioning as a non-binary person. Sage’s work has appeared in publications such as Coven Poetry, Idle Ink, and The Varsity. They currently reside in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal with their pet dinosaur, Peter.

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