Some things in life can be broken down into two categories- consuming and producing. Sometimes we are consumers. Other times we produce things. Sometimes we do both, like when we cook a great meal and then eat it 🙂
My busy seminary life often feels like consumption. I sit in lecture, discussions, and read a lot. I consume an overwhelming amount of information. From there I either (a) forget it, (b) chew on it for a while and remember it, or (c) write it in a paper or memorize it for an exam. I do produce a lot of papers, but one professor or one teaching assistant is the most they get read. It doesn’t really feel like ‘real’ production of anything useful.
I have realized all this consumption has lead me to two new hobbies that are about production. This year I have started playing the guitar a lot and drawing. Maybe it’s a left-brain vs. right-brain thing and my creative side is just itching to get out. Either way, I have found myself taking periodic breaks throughout my hours of studying or reading to pick up my guitar and learn some new songs or take out my moleskine and sketch a few things. I’m not very good at either playing the guitar or drawing, but I have decided that I shouldn’t let my artistic mediocrity stop me from enjoying myself and producing something others may enjoy. Maybe I’ll even get good at it some day!