I am sick. Boo! Hiss!

Tutorial / 10 July 2019

Hey guys.

I am sick. 

It sucks.

I want to burn down a kingdom if it will make the stuffiness in my head go away. 

This does, however, present and opportunity to make a teachable lesson for others. 

That lesson is; If you work from home or as a freelancer, whether an artist or accountant or anything else, take care of yourself. 

I would love to write you a dramatic blog about my struggle through the adversity of illness and overcoming those challenges to fight through my day so that I can deliver more creative content to you, but I'd be lying.

I'm moving at a slower pace today. I'm foggy. My head is not clear and therefore not making the best creative or business decisions. Even as I type this, my fingers and arms are chilled and i'm pretty sure it's not because the room is cold. 

If you are a freelance creator, you've got to take care of yourself. 

It may sound trivial, but it's taken me over 20 years to learn this as a creative professional. 

We have this romantic notion of the artist being tortured and struggling through their own illness, whether physical or mental, to create brilliant works and bring it the waiting world of adoring fans. 

Do you know what happens to artists who ignore their illness and never stop working in real life? 

They die. 

That's what every artist that has ever been known for ignoring their own health to suffer for their art have in common. 

You can't tell people about your art or explain the meaning behind it if you are dead. 

You can't make more art for more people to enjoy in the future if you're dead. 

As a freelance worker of any type, you need to take care of yourself and maintain the best personal health possible. 

No one else will do it for you.

Personally, I'm at the happiest point ever in my career. I want to be here to enjoy it as long as it lasts. 

That means I'm working at a slower pace than usual. I'm probably going to take much longer breaks than usual and I intend to stop working earlier than usual and get more rest. 

I fully realize and accept that this means I will get less work done than I would on a normal day.

It's one day. It will be okay. If I want to enjoy all the days after my illness has passed, it's more important for me to rest and recover faster, so that when I am feeling 100% again I can put out my best creative output sooner. 

I love what I'm doing and would spend 20 hours a day doing this if I could, but I know and accept that as a human being I must have other parts of my life. Love, friends, family, social life, sleep, and many more things factor in and must be given the time that they deserve every day too. 

When your life is consumed with work, even work that you love, love can turn to obsession and obsession has a way of turning into the same health problems that we want to avoid, and ultimately, more time away sick than if you had taken care of yourself in the first place. 

I have a lot of big important career announcements developing, some of which I can discuss and announce, some I need to send out info about to the media. Although I know that Wednesday is typically a major day for comics and entertainment news, I know I probably won't get all the media work done today. 

I'm fine with that and accept it, because there is always tomorrow. 

Also, let's face it, though deadlines are important, most work related things are not a matter of life or death. 

Take care of yourself kids.

Sincerely,

Mike


A shot from my current project: Trumpocalypse Now