Finding balance has been my greatest struggle as an artist/mom. Too many times I have rushed headlong into tunnels of creativity, leaving my family, indeed my life, at the entrance. I like to put a nice label on it. I like to think of my perfectionism and obsessiveness as passion and focus. Really, though, the label should read "self-centeredness" as I pursue my own interests at the expense of those around me.
How easy it is to get so caught up in issues of self that we are oblivious to the needs of those around us. We enter the tunnel, moving deeper and deeper into the dark, ever more removed from the world . Some get so lost in the tunnel that they sacrifice everything else.