The problem with ignoring your own creative drive, or that of your children, is that it won’t be ignored. I seem to have to learn this every so often, and as with Annette’s and Lewis’s early cello lessons, I’ll always be glad I paid attention.
The choice appears to be between never feeding your creativity so that it will never take over your life, and allowing it free rein so that it runs away with you. But this isn’t the real dynamic. The truth is that thwarted creativity exacts a price in attention and happiness.