A mutual friend, with whom I went to design school with, posted a great article on the endeavor to reconnect with his creativity by way of strategic unplugging.
The thing about design is that the pursuit of a career in such a florid profession requires a LOT of passion. You have to love what you do, every minute that you’re doing it. You have to find the silver lining in every client complaint, every technical wrench that gets thrown in your way, and the upside to every irate vendor you work with.
I certainly believe that creativity is what sets the human race apart from other forms of life here on Earth. Our ability to adapt our physical environment to better serve our inner sanctum is fascinating. We’ve built cities, buildings, natural habitats, space stations, and our homes on ideas. To be human is to bring ideas to fruition.
Life is pretty short. Do what makes you happy. When you find that you are sacrificing a much larger chunk of yourself than you’d like, it might be time to slow down or move on.