A friend, the very talented musician Drew Michael Blake, tweeted some Dylan lyrics: “I’ve got a head full of ideas that are driving me insane.”
As I replied to him, sympathizing and agreeing and, like, totally identifying with him, another thought occurred to me.
I wrote him back:
And this is true. Maybe it’s true for many/most people who are sort of what we call “creative types.” Maybe it describes a lot of people. Most people are creative, after all.
Anyway, I do sometimes feel like all I do is think. All ideas all the time. Not always good ones and few that issue in any result. But I do feel like it’s a constant battle to avoid letting this incurable condition overwhelm me. (And I’m really not talking about bad ideas/thoughts here, just things I want to do, create, contribute to, build, support, write.)
It really feels like some of the most important work I do. Because not going crazy over all these ideas is somewhat helpful to my family and others, including me.
Do you ever feel this way? How do you manage your drive/ambition/idea-manufacturing?