There are non-creative periods

Everyone has non-creative times even the most creative among us. It is quite honestly part of one’s energy cycle and energy cycles change as we get older.

We are more likely to have these noncreative periods because high creativity is also a high consumer of energy. And with age, the cycles take longer to regenerate themselves.

When we were young, we regenerated quicker and more energy was available to us. As we got older the cycle slowed down, not stopped, but, as an example, a wave coming toward a shore after a storm is much higher and steeper and possesses a lot of energy as it hits the shoreline.

When one gets older, the waves are not as high. They are lower and more gentle. Their power is a lot less. They are less distractive and more subtle in their overall force and that more gentle flow can be very beneficial because it has more understated power. The flow to the shore is not destructive but embraces the shore.

I am in the more gentle flow of energy and creativity of my life cycle. Yes, I do miss the dramatic highs but I also remember how devastating the lows were. I find myself in a more even state. Life is gentler on me and I on it. I look at nonproductive days as a calm ocean which reflects the clouds and sun in the sky.

I made my waves, now it’s time for the young to make theirs.

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at