I am someone who loves making game art. I love the learning, the trial and error, the creative process, seeing when your work comes together in to the final piece, the game development community, being involved in an exciting and fast-changing industry etc. Don't we all?
With that passion comes the urge to want to work as hard as possible, adding to our skill sets, learning new software, creating finished pieces of art to progress in our careers. It's natural to want to do this.
The problem I found myself in was that I would go to work all week, come home and work on personal art until I went to bed that night. For some, this way of life works. That's great (maybe you won't gain anything from reading this, but stick around just in case). For the rest of us, we have loved ones we live with: boyfriends/girlfriends, husbands/wives, our children, other family members. These people need our time, our attention, our love.
I worked myself into a bubble; a world of my own where I was so laser-focused on my goals, that I wasn't seeing the effect it was having on loved ones around me. After living this lifestyle for some time, those significant others will grow tired and let you know how they feel. It sometimes takes for that to happen to be able to reflect and realise what your drive to achieve in one area is doing to others around you. I was investing too much time and energy in to one place, when I should have been sharing it with the other things in my life.
Fortunately for me there was no permanent damage. I am now much more concious of how I am spending my spare time and spreading it amongst all the things in my life that mean the most to me, not neglecting them to achieve one goal that will come in time.
It suits me to progress at a steadier rate now. Yes, it may take a little longer to arrive at my goal, but isn't that better than blazing through and knocking other things down on your way?
I hope anyone who reads this blog post can take something away from it, whether that's because you have lived or are living in this way. Perhaps it has given you that little reminder to be aware of the life going on around you and to not get trapped in the bubble like I did.