This blog is one of my creative outlets. So is yoga. And so are the salads I make every day. Seriously, they are works of art you should ask me about them.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert makes an excellent point that humans are innately creative, and that one of our biggest obstacles today is the way we’ve been so restrictive about what is, or is not, creative. I definitely didn’t believe my writing or much of anything I did could be considered art, until I read this book.
I know so many people think they will never be “creative.” I vividly remember thinking those exact words myself. But after reading Big Magic, my perspective shifted quite a bit.
Not only do I notice creative choices made around me all the time, but I stopped holding art on a pedestal. Creativity can be a delicious plate of food, consumed in 10 minutes, or an amazing book that gets reprinted 50 times. Allow yourself to feel original and creative regardless of what you’re making. Give yourself permission to make things that are worthless and priceless, that last for minutes or years, and don’t take it all so seriously. For me, this was a major take away. Being an inventive person isn’t reserved to the exceptional photographers, painters and singers. We are all creative in our own forms. We simply need to make space for it.
There were several lessons from this book that struck a chord and triggered memories in which I distinctly remember doubting any and all imaginative skills I had within me.
Starting with the book’s conclusion,
Creativity is sacred, and it’s not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accomplished by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore, and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise – you can make anything. Get back to work. The treasures that are hidden inside you are helping you say yes.
= You. Can. Make. Anything. You. Desire.
Another insight I loved that Gilbert drives home is that creativity isn’t only about the person meant to see it, it’s truly for you, the creator. It’s a moment for you to be playful, let the rules go, and free your mind to do what it does so naturally well, make shit up.
This point of view felt like a breath of fresh air. For me, writing is incredibly cathartic. I journal and blog regularly. Some of my blog posts are really just me sorting through the mess in my head, and then people resonate with it. Gilbert even shares how when she wrote her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, it was first and foremost a personal journal for herself.
Finally, I’ve begun to embrace the consistent theme that creativity is a way of life. The mentality to try new things, be courageous enough to fail or succeed, and treat every day like a masterpiece. Paint with all the colors of the wind. [Insert all creative related quotes here.]
The book has six parts:
- Trust and
I’m sure different parts will resonate with different people, so if you think you need some inspiration and advice on allowing more creativity into your life, I would highly recommend you spend some time with Big Magic.
Let me know if you’ve read the book or you’re going to read it and what your thoughts are on this topic. I love to discuss!
XO + OM