One of the things I often struggle with as a photographer has very little to do with the technical intricacies of a camera or even that inevitable segment in your creative journey where you’re still testing and evaluating to see where exactly in the broad spectrum of photography styles you see yourself placed. Undoubtedly, I experienced all that and while I’m still continuously learning and pretending to know what I’m doing, my biggest wrestle I would say I have pertains to time. There’s very little of it to go around which is exactly the moment in which this whole aspect about art being a sacrifice comes into play.
I wrote about evaluating time a while back, but having recently read a piece by Heather Havrilesky on how Having Babies Makes You Better at Work, it immediately positioned things in a much greater frame of mind, especially as a father of 2 amazing kids. Heather says:
If you don't want kids, having them won't make you happier. But if you already know you want kids and you're worried that they'll ruin your life and destroy your career, think again. Kids don't just bring a lot of joy to your life by being weird and funny and yes, annoying and loud, too. Kids also force you to decide what's worth your time and what isn't. Kids force you to focus on the things you love (yes, like your kids! But other things, too!) and to invest in those things with all of your heart. Kids teach you how to enjoy your time, in other words, both by modeling enjoyment (usually by gnawing on something expensive or squealing at the top of their lungs) and by squeezing your free time down to nothing.
I may grumble every now and then, whenever I find myself limited with time to do anything but it immediately subsides when I continously see people who have zero responsibilities and unreservedly waste their time because they have an abundance of it. If there's anything that my kids who have taught me is that "your own time on earth is very limited. Recognizing that — and savoring the time you have left — isn't hell, surprisingly enough. It's paradise" because it's then you're able to dedicate time to things which are significant and eliminate the ones that are not in your life.