“Situational Compliance is turning black and white rules gray.” -Odie
The piloting profession does not permit much artistic free thinking. We perform the same way every day because it works and we are highly regulated by federal law and company policy. This is how it must be when the stakes are high and public safety is involved.
Artists have the luxury of abandoning rules if they wish because the stakes are low, individual expression is encouraged, and the public has no safety interest in their work. But if regulations and standard procedures were a highway, a good pilot steers right down the middle as far from the ditches as possible. While not recommended on actual highways, this approach saves lives every day. Where does your job fit on the spectrum? Are you free to be unpredictable or do you work in a high risk job with clear expectations?
We all need space in our lives to create, to experiment, to be weird. But a high risk occupation is not that place. Take up painting or writing, basket weaving or scrap-booking as creative pursuits are a great way to unwind. But do not operate in a gray area when lives are on the line. In a high-risk job, compliance is the artistry of the technician.