The mix of being in editing mode and hearing the recent papal news coming out of Italy made me think of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. (Yes, my brain makes strange connections. It's part of the whole 'wild imagination' thing.)
Michelangelo's story is pretty legendary. It even has its own aptly-named movie, The Agony and The Ecstasy. Here's a quick recap:
- It took him four years to complete (And that's only the ceiling. It apparently took another five-to-six to finish the altar wall.)
- Before he ever put brush to ceiling, he had to envision the entire layout
- Depending on the description you prefer, he either worked on his back or standing with his head tilted up - either way, not too comfortable
- He worked an estimated eight hours a day, six days a week, without stopping
- Due to various political or health dynamics with his patron, he was never sure if his work would bring him pay
- He wrote a poem about how miserable the work could become sometimes
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Talk about dedication. His masterpiece has lasted 500 years! And you know what?
I kind of get it.
I get why he kept coming back despite the aches and frustrations and slow progress. I get why he loved it, why he poured his heart and soul and everything into it, because I feel the same way about writing. It's a passion, and sometimes it's just that simple.