The theme of the last month or so has been changing my focus. It's so easy to get into a routine where everything I read, hear or do just serves to reinforce what I already think so I've been making changes and it's been fantastic.
I've changed the way I consume news and it has been a breath of fresh air, it's given me a new perspective on things and changed my focus, it makes the world seem depressing/inspiring in a whole new way!
It was brought home to me again when we went to the talk at Edge Hill University the other evening, so many of the questions from academics came from a very narrow perspective and the speaker said a number of times that it was important to get out of our echo chamber and see how other people see things. He used Brexit as a great example, how many people do you hear saying they didn't know anyone who would vote to leave, but here we are? We have a view of the world but it doesn't mean it's true*. I agree with him, often when you speak with someone from inside something, in this case the arts, it's impossible for them to imagine life without the influence of that thing, it's so fundamental.
When I was interested in art college I wouldn't have been able to go were it not for one of my teachers giving me the money to get to the interviews, or buy my portfolio and most of my supplies - not that my parents didn't care but it just wasn't something we could spend that huge amount of money on. When you've moved past that point it's hard to remember those basic things, when the belief system you move into is that anything is possible as long as you can imagine it to be so. It's hard to bridge the gap between aspiration and practicality sometimes (has anyone ever been on a diet?).
Darren Henley said that if we don't think differently then we won't innovate, sounds so obvious but it's easy to stay in a routine that works, and to fool ourselves into thinking we're making changes when they're really just the same thing in a very slightly different package. So whether it's a risk, break, change, holiday, fresh start, sea change, or just asking what's the point of this? looking at things in a different way can be amazing.
*I'm a nihilist so I don't really think anything is true, but you know what I mean.