Working as a creative person, I identify when hearing other creatives’ experiences and struggles. Elizabeth Gilbert is one such person. Her book Eat, Pray, Love, which chronicled her adventure of travel to pursue the three things that she most wanted to feel and be immersed in, connected with millions of people.
Her latest book, Big Magic, was a good listen for me. She went through all the funky negatives we tell ourselves that keep us from creating. She also gave examples of beloved pieces of art where people carved out a few pieces of time a day to create them. I like the way she encourages us to create, not for money, not for success, but just for our happiness.
People talk to me about my art like I have a special gift. I see how people are moved when I tell them about my experience of taking a painting class for the first time, and how I embraced it and knew it was something I wanted to pursue. I appreciate that people are moved and inspired, and I understand that I have an ability to do what I do, but I don’t believe that I have
So Elizabeth’s book is another tool, of encouragement, of permission to continue exploring, working toward something I want to achieve.
I hope you will give yourself permission to explore your interests.
August 1, 2016