I think a lot of artists take themselves way too seriously. Sure, I get it: you're immersed in your work and it means a lot to you, and you often come out of the creative process feeling raw and vulnerable, but if you stay in that emotional zone forever you're going to end up alienating other people and putting constraints on your work that shouldn't be there.
I suppose it goes without saying, but I've fell into this kind of trap before. But more recently I've been trying to take a step back from debilitating immersion in the creative process and take it less seriously, make it more simple, and try and laugh at situations — even myself — more when things don't go as planned or altogether flop.
Truthfully, it's put me in a way better artistic place; approaching art in a way that is less catastrophic and intense, and more experimental, more joyous, and more about the process than the end goal; making art because it's what I love to do, and from there, thinking more about how I might use it to bring joy and positivity into other peoples' lives than I do about how much people will or won't like it.
So it's interesting, really, how for most of my artistic life I have left humour as a relatively unexplored discipline; usually the closest I get to it in my work being something like satire or sarcasm. But I find myself wondering: what would it look like to explore humour more in my own work?
Anyway, just musing on here about laughter, joy, and humour, and thought it might catalyze some musing of your own.
Do you need to laugh more?