There’s nothing like doing what you enjoy for no other reason than for the sheer joy of it. Even better, when such joy produces something you can experience. Bangarang 2.1 is now released.
I really enjoy creating stuff. Occasionally, if I’m at all like other folks (debatable, I know), I look at the stuff of other people’s passions (music, paintings, architecture, whatever) and say man I wish I could do something like that. I often find myself wishing for the passion of others while ignoring my own passions, my own motivations. Working on Bangarang is one of my own avenues of creative expression. I do it with joy. I’ve learned that, much like others who explore their own avenues of creative expression, I’m most creative when I choose not to do it from a place of anxiety or obligation to the work. It sounds stupidly simple but I have the most fun when I’m actually having fun. Fun breeds fun. Joy breeds joy. And it is not just ok, but better, to take breaks when the fun diminishes. That is the luxury of a hobby instead of a job. I do it for fun and I can take breaks whenever I want to. And the fun does diminish. It is the nature of living. We can’t go about prancing around like we’re blissfully happy and eternally creative all the time. We’re not. And that’s ok, because it allows us to appreciate those joyful times all the more.
And the Bangarang 2.1 release paired with the holiday season is one of those times for me. Happy holidays!
(Release notes are here).