Have you ever noticed that the word EAT is in creativity?
I have. What we eat literally creates us, so that we can then create things in our lives.
Life always begets more life.
In my case, I’ve spent the last year birthing a book. I am very grateful for this experience. It’s changed me in numerous ways and taught me some important things that I want to share with you:
#1 There is no time in the future for you to pursue your goals and dreams. If you want to do something, you simply have to develop the discipline to do it. There will always be a reason not to. Not enough money. Not enough time. Not enough energy. Stop living in the illusion that tomorrow will be different. Right now is all you’ve got.
#2 Make the thing. The creative process has a life of its own. You won’t have it all figured out in advance. Let the process take you somewhere. What you end up with may not be what you started out with, but you’ll never know if you don’t start.
#3 Creative work has changed me. I have more compassion for myself and people in general and am much less critical. I am much more interested in art. I may not even like the painting or the song, but it doesn’t matter. Someone made something and that deserves respect. All of it is sacred. Before writing my book, I would see a typo in a book and think, “How in the holy fuck didn’t they catch that one?” Now, I see typos, and I think, “That’s awesome. A typo. And this book is still out in the world helping people. Good on ya!”
#4 I have realized that perfectionism is evil. There’s no such thing as perfect because it’s all perfect. Perfectionism is like over-exercising or eating a low fat diet – you think you’re doing yourself a favor, but you are actually destroying your life and perpetuating anxiety. Perfect sucks.
#5 I trust more. I understand that I will be given what I need when I need it. I don’t have to have it all figured out to keep moving forward.
#6 Creativity isn’t always fun. It’s work. When I took on this project, I thought, “Wow, I have all these ideas. I’m gonna write a book. This will be so much fun.” I couldn’t have been more wrong. Writing a book is no different than birthing a child. Life includes everything. The sweet smell of a baby, along with the poopy diaper from hell. The joy, right alongside the blood, sweat, and tears. And that’s as it should be because….you can’t have one without the other.
So whether you’ve been waiting to write that book, learn ballroom dancing, knit a hat, travel the world, or yes…even to change the way you eat, you owe it to yourself to go do it now.
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