Mozart was recognized as a musical genius at a young age.
It didn’t hurt that his dad was an accomplished musician either.
But from the age of 6 on, Wolfgang Amadeus was in the public eye, making music.
By the age of 28, his hands were messed up. Turns out, all the practicing, performing, and quill gripping takes a toll. This is the downside of habit.
The creativity paradox.
If we are compelled to create by the muse and our curiosities, what will compel us to… stop?
I don’t have an answer.
All I know is the compulsion can also make beautiful music.
h/t Twyla Tharp – I just finished a re-read of The Creative Habit. What a masterpiece.