Side projects are important. Some are born out of the natural urge to create. Some are born out of the relentless pursuit to obtain that state of self-awareness where creation becomes a dialect to communicate with the world. Either way, it helps us remain relevant to who we were are, as artists, writers or creators.
Recently, I am across Elias Poland’s Journal Pages. These pages document his daily consumptions, from carrot juice to coffee to scabies medication – and everything in between.
“I suppose the nature of a time capsule is not so much to look at the past, but to throw the present into relief by comparison.” – Elias Poland
Creative process should somehow bring together every element of our lives and no part of it should be betrayed as a mere clinical process.
Often our minds are like islands of inspired creativity surrounded by clueless, bastards of disassociated thoughts. But by achieving that integrity with every aspect of daily lives, we become grateful, more centered and more connected.
These side projects serve to document our journey, our perspectives and our mundane activities. Instead of discarding them completely, these routines like groceries store visits can help us towards a mindful living and even become a part of our creative process.
You can see some more of Elias Poland’s work at EliasPoland.com.