Overthinking and Overcomplicating

Posted: March 15, 2023 in Uncategorized

I was listening to a podcast today on my hobby, plastic model building. They had a special guest on who was talking about a very complicated procedure needed to make your models look even more realistic. I’ve seen the kind of work he is talking about and I have to admit it looks spectacular, but I have a confession. The process he described was so complicated that it would take all the joy out of the hobby for me.

No this is not a post about my hobby. Rather it’s a post about life and the arts. I understand wanting to do our best work, but at what point are we overcomplicating things? At what point are we delving so far into the minutia, accomplishing things few people will notice, diminishing our productivity and stripping all the joy from the process of creating. I realize not everything in the arts is a cost benefit analysis, but is there a point where we can say it’s good enough and move on.

I think overcomplicating things and overthinking them can go hand in hand. I know I find myself thinking about things and at times worrying about things, that are probably not even noticeable to anyone but me. I start to try to put myself into other people’s heads, think of their every objection and try to circumvent them all, when no one ever said a word. Often this can be creatively crippling. In everything I do, I want to give God my best, and I do want to make sure I create from a place of empathy. I want to make sure that I am not unnecessarily offensive or off-putting, but I can overthink and overcomplicate myself into accomplishing nothing. Wouldn’t it be better to create whatever we create to the point where it will serve its purpose and then move on to the next good thing? What if we trusted God to let us know when something is done and good enough? With the illustration from my hobby, there comes a point where the overworking strips the fun from the project. Maybe it would be better to get it to the point where I am happy with it, put it on the shelf and crack open the next box.

I think that’s what I want to do. Overthinking and overcomplicating makes life exhausting.

  1. imdonna says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Dave!
    I have been trying to figure out how to create my own WordPress website to share my art and maybe some writings; but I can’t seem to get passed even choosing a template! Your post didn’t address my problem directly, but made me realize that I get so overwhelmed each time I determine to begin the process I begin already frustrated knowing how many times I’ve already tried….
    So maybe I’m starting at the wrong place for me. It has certainly taken all the fun out of this!
    So, as I read this post today, I realized that maybe if I drop back a bit; concentrate on reworking some of the art, and also watch the WordPress tutorials until I really understand the process; I might be able to get passed the roadblock and actually enjoy the process! (Deep sigh!)🤔🫤🫣😁 Thanks again for taking time to share your thoughts… I, for one, appreciate the “aha moments” many of your posts spark in my own walk!

    • amokarts says:

      I can definitely see where you’re headed with this and I have been there myself. My best advice is get something up and tweak it as you go. I woke up with an idea for a post this morning that might help or at least encourage.

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