CREATE!

Why is it so important?


First, let me introduce myself.

My name is Jacob and I’m 19. I was raised in Poland and it’s where I still live.
My passion is creating — anything from music to photography to writing or even woodcraft — everything. Creating is what makes me feel alive.

That’s why I would like to share some of my thoughts and stories with you.

I was married to music for almost 18 years. My oldest memories are connected with it and I don’t remember a time in my life without her.
Until this year.

When I moved to Poznan in November, I was involved in the music industry more than ever before. I worked Monday to Friday for 8 (or more) hours a day making power supplies for guitar pedals and effects. I kinda liked it even though it wasn’t what I wanted for the rest of my life. But still, I was learning something new and it was quite good pay, for a first job.
On weekends I was usually away playing music with someone, somewhere.
My first weekend-off since November was in the middle of February.

I had been playing a lot, different kinds of music with different people and I loved it!
But something happened to me later in March.

I lost my love for music.

I just couldn’t do it anymore. Every concert I played felt like a burden. I didn’t want it, I didn’t like it at all. I burned out. So I stopped and…

…decided to take a break.

To be honest, it wasn’t hard at all. I was glad I could finally rest.
The hardest part was saying “no.” to people who invited me, especially to my friends who I regularly played with.
I swore to myself — “I won’t play until I get my love for music back.”
And I did it (except when to see if maybe I like it again).

It was a really good time at first. I focused on other things instead, like a lot more of reading.
But then I realized that I was feeling worse and worse. I was thinking about my life and soon got to a conclusion that I wasn’t satisfied with my life at all.
And when I asked myself what’s going on, I already knew the answer.

I wasn’t doing what I’m supposed to.

We are born to create.
I believe we can only be satisfied with our lives, when we create.
Taking part in the process of creating is something written in the very deep of our hearts.
I saw this quote by Elder Uchtdorf and thought it fits perfectly:

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.

After many months I got back to music.
And I love it more than ever before.
A week ago I finished recording the drums for a third album this year.
I’m stoked for what’s next.

Now, my goal isn’t to make a living out of music as it was before.

My goal is to make living out of CREATING.

In any form. Honestly, I would love to do it in any way I can.
Music, photography, writing, woodcrafting, one day maybe also
designing — these are just the first five things that came to my mind.

And there is more, much more.

So if you can — start creating.
Of course you can, that’s not even a question.
We’re all born to create.
If you need a break, do it. Take a shot.
I did. And I don’t regret it, I needed it.

Maybe you’ll need to re-organize your life. Do it. It’s worth it.
I’m in the middle of this process right now and it’s not always easy, but it’s totally worth it.

And this text is my first step of creating something new.

Thank you for your time.
I hope to inspire some of you to start doing what you’re supposed to do.

Special thanks to Chase Blood for editing.

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