Are you a creative soul (of course you are, we all are)? Do you want to pursue your passion – whether or not it leads to fame and fortune? Actually, if you knew creating, writing, making music, fill-in the-blank, would never affect your bank account in any way, would you still keep doing it?
If yes, or even if you’re not sure, it’s probably time to pick up Elizabeth Gilbert’s book. First of all, let’s be honest – it’s not a tough book to get through, it’s an easy read and you have nothing to lose. If you have a few hours to kill (goodbye, internet!), you can read Big Magic. And then get to work.
She has a way of breaking the artist’s struggle down to its simple core: the need to create – and bringing forth a stupidly simple, fail-proof plan:
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
Honestly when you are taking the road less traveled, when you’re doing something that even one person tells you just might not work out, there are going to be a million and one times when you think “I can’t”. And you will think of very valid reasons why you can’t. (I mean, how good are children and day jobs for excuses?) But as she states so boldly, the truth is, if you want to do it, if you make time for it, you can. Every excuse is thrown out the window here. You could create – paint, write, act, sing, whatever – or you could not. But you want to create, right? OK, so do it!
Consider this my encouragement to move forward in your pursuit. That thing that came to mind, that word that was getting louder and louder as you read this? Go do it! If only for 15 minutes today, then 15 minutes tomorrow – don’t put any pressure on. You don’t even have to tell anyone. Just do it because you enjoy it, and see where it goes. It’s probably the most flexible relationship you’ll ever have.
Oh, and read Big Magic.