shipping emotional labor is pretty surreal term for majority of the people. Not a long time ago, I was not able to recognize doer/shipper from talker/pretender as well. Headhunters, HR departments cannot see what you have shipped and how emotionally you have labored through lines of your CV. Same it might be with your colleagues and bosses, when they wonder: “What’s her problem? Why is she not getting it done according that template, we have always used for many of our clients? Why does she bother to create new ppt. when that manual is already written in a word document? Why is she creating new slides for every speech she goes to, is it not less stressful to talk about slides from the last year, which she knows already by heart?”
Art Starts With You
I have realized that working creatively, out of blank sheet of paper, mixing up available tools and meshing information into something brand new so it stands out, is damn tough and that is why now:
It makes me to say thank you and share my respect with all those who do art, whenever I see it. I am so grateful that I have gained sensitivity for recognizing sincere emotional laborers (writers, artists, speakers, musicians, teachers, innovators, designers, entrepreneurs etc.) and all of that was possible only once I have started to ship and create out of blank canvas myself.
Whenever You Are in “Evaluation Mood”, Ask Yourself These Questions
“Would I be able to do it myself? Did I ever do something similar? How difficult was it/could it be? How did I feel when I was creating something similar?”
Believe me, such questions, will silence your “expert – critic – I know it all” voice in your head and you will spare yourself a loads of time, which you can use for shipping your art. Or it will make you realize, that till now all the work you have done was just following instructions given to you by your boss or by job description.
Go! Get busy with your own art now!
what about you? When you do emotional labor, do people appreciate your art? Are you seeing people around you, who create sincere art? (= who are not waiting for permission or manual to work according to) Do you express your gratitude and respect to them?
See you in comments, my dear artists!