I am at the tail end of one decade and on the precipice of another decade. I feel as though I am standing on the edge of a diving board and pretty soon, I will be required to hold my breath and take a leap into the murky waters.
As I think about what this means, I also think about what this next phase of my life dictates. Sure there is the whole chronological factor which surprises me to no end because I still remember being 17 years-old and wearing Doc Martens and listening to the Gin Blossoms and Nirvana. But more than the aging factor, I am appreciating the fact that like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, I am leaving a way of doing things because “that’s what I’ve always done”. I am reminded of the oft-used idiom, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got”. Well, as I am going forward, I don’t want to do what I’ve always done. I want to do things differently.
I want more.
I want an absolutely creative life.
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong”. -Joseph Chilton Pearce
Let this precious quote simmer for a minute, especially the second part of the sentence. We must lose our fear of being wrong. How many decisions do we make in our lifetime that are fear-based? I do not mean life or death decisions here. I mean being fearful of maybe not taking a public speaking class even though you really want to, because you are afraid you will clam up and not get one word out. Or being fearful of taking up painting because you’ve been told that you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, but you still have that yearning for a blank canvas and an easel.
When is the last time you were creative? Are you living a creative life?
I thought that maybe I was but I have realized that my creativeness, although it has been tapped from time to time, has yet to fully flourish. And that is okay because the realization that my creativity is waiting to brim, is a welcome surprise and I am excited to let it wash over me and get to work.
I’ve got ideas. I am working on plans. My imagination is ripe.
My ingenuity has awakened.
What about you? Are you ready to live a creative life?