This week’s “Lets Blog Off” asks “What do you do to relax?”…. First, I don’t think many architects know HOW to relax, or maybe they just don’t have the right perspective, but I’ll talk more about that in a minute. My first thought upon reading this weeks’ topic was something my current boss said to me during one of my interviews, and that was that “you have to have something outside of architecture so you don’t get burned out.” I remember thinking, as I still do, that this was a strange statement coming from someone who owns and manages their own architecture firm (notice I didn’t throw in the word “design” there? we don’t do much of that here). It seems to me that, in order to maintain yourself in any profession, especially a creative one, you have to have a passion for that profession. It needs to be a part of you, a part of your daily life and not just your “job”. – feel free to stop me if you think I’m completely nuts-o – Otherwise, very quickly I imagine, you will get burned out and wind up talking to squirrels and pigeons in the park wearing a foil hat….not that there is anything wrong with that *backs away slowly*
So what do architects do to relax? Speaking for myself personally….well, “relaxation” comes in many different forms and unfortunately not very often. I try to keep my “method” of relaxation open to interpretation. This allows me to find down time in the most unassuming places. But, no matter what I’m currently engaged in as my “relax” time, you can bet your ass my sketchbooks are not only CLOSE at hand, they are most likely IN my hand.
Because “architecture” and “design” are part of who I am. This isn’t a hobby or a job or even a career choice. So “relaxation”, for me, is simply sitting quietly on a bus or a park bench or at my desk or on a plane or even on the john sketching or writing or just “doing” architecture.
An old saying that comes to mind is “if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.” Does it really get any simpler than that? I don’t think so.