“It’s almost like letting yourself fall in love a little bit everyday.” - Scott Schumann, The Sartorialist
Last week was my first full week back after our Christmas break. About the second day back I noticed something strange. I was feeling terribly depressed and anxious even. This, my friends, is what you call the “post-project blues.” Has this ever happened to you? For months you work on something you’re desperately in love with and then, in an instant, it’s over. I wish I could tell you that I anticipated feeling this way or that I had a plan for getting myself back on track. But to tell you the truth, I still feel a bit of underlying anxiety - will I ever have another good idea? Will I ever be in love with something like that ever again?
I have a couple of single friends who would prefer if they weren’t. One friend is waiting for love while the other is out there searching for it - dating sites, blind dates, etc. And I can’t help but feel like my friend who is out there looking to fall in love might find it much faster than the one who is simply waiting for love to find them.
In the video below, Scott Schumann of the Sartorialist talks about his creative process which involves hitting the pavement four or five hours every day, camera in hand, looking for something to fall in love with. He walks the streets of New York with his eyes wide open, searching for that one person who moves him. He does this every. single. day.
There is no easy cure for the post-project blues, nor is there an easy way to find your next love, or your next big idea. I wish there was. No, the only answer is to simply to do the work. Hit the pavement. Sign up for e-harmony. Pay attention. Watch for patterns.
When you do fall in love again, which I promise you will, savor the moment, then get right back to work.