Trying to clear my head at the moment...just get in it, get out of it, and everything in between. Conferences, while often anticipated for the travel, the change of pace, and the promise of face time with my colleagues, does indeed bring a crash. I remember my first APAP and the crash that followed. It was like the day after Christmas. Many moons have passed since then but I still experience it. I was cranky last week, no doubt just trying to get caught up on sleep and tie up loose ends before the next trip. Midwest was terrific - easier, busier, great meetings, a great session, meaningful connections. I felt for a moment, brilliant. And PAE was...well, when I get out my own head and get perspective, even a better sense of space and time, it was decent. Especially given that I didn't know any southerners. I made a lot of new connections and that does matter in the long run.
It's hard to not compare the two conferences. Each has its own mission and values and personalities. Hard to not compare my experiences at one versus another. They were both decent in their own way. I long for consistency and pay off. I suppose it will eventually happen.
It's also hard (for me) to not always be thinking, what's next? What is the next goal to achieve? It's hard to be in the moment. Be content and appreciative and grateful of this time and this experience. That overachieving side of me is one of my greatest strengths but also a weakness since it can eat away at a sense of worth. It's easy to let myself be defined by a series of achievements and met goals. I'm remembering a TED talk about how it's important (and often enough at times) to just show up. To show up, bring our best, put the time in and do it. Not every day is magic or brilliant.
Not every conference or meeting or moment is awesome and most probably won't be.
Not every piece of art I create is stellar or needs to be stellar.
So accepting that and being OK with showing up and creating for the sake of creating...that's enough. And in the world of conferencing and artist representation, I need to find a way to be OK with the mundane. I suspect these two are related. If I can get back to some things that I've missed for some time, namely creating some art, I think I will find an inner peace that will allow me to feel like the hard and smart work of each day is enough, and will in time, allow for another moment of brilliance.