Today’s creativity tip is a little more philosophical than usual. Over the weekend I was working at an art fair on a stand with a quite inspirational sculptor. We got into some fairly in depth discussions about the meaning of creativity, self-realisation and the way in which we choose to live our lives.
Have you ever wondered how the dreams, ambitions and desires you once had seem diminish as we plunge ourselves deeper into the ‘real world’? Do you have a passion or goal in life that has become a victim of major procrastination? Has life got in the way of actually living?
If you only wonder what could be and not what currently is you may be sorely cheating yourself. Even if you believe you can eventually fulfill your dreams, tomorrow will come and pass in a flash and you’ll soon be left wondering what went wrong. So live for the moment and whatever it is you want to do, do it now.
Sure, it sounds easy enough but so many of us put off our goals and desires as we wait for that moment of inspiration when the universe stops conspiring against us and at last we are able to create in perfect harmony. Trust me, it’s just not going to happen that way. Instead write down your goal and state it in the here and now and not the distant future. Make it real for yourself. What do you really want to achieve? How will this make you happy and more fulfilled? Then get on and do it. Don’t think about it, just go for it. It doesn’t matter how bad your attempts are, you can always improve. Don’t be crippled by the fear of not living up to your or others’ expectations; any result is positive when it’s something you truly want to do and remember, no-one has to know if you don’t want them to. The important thing is to let go and break away from the convenient constraints and excuses you’ve built for yourself over time.
If you’ve ever wanted to sing, dance, draw, paint, write or wrangle cattle then go ahead. And guess what? Once you start, it becomes part of you. The amount of money and success you get from an activity doesn’t define who you are or what you do. What defines who you are is what you do from moment to moment. Write and you are a writer. Dance and you are a dancer. Wrangle and you.. well you get the picture. Don’t wait for someone else to officially tell you who or what you are. The moment is entirely yours so grab it!
My inspirational sculptor friend is Ian Edwards. Thought he was worth a mention. He’s work’s pretty incredible too and you can check it out here… http://www.ianedwardsstudios.co.uk/