BIG MAGIC, creative living beyond fear, a book by Elizabeth Gilbert
No matter if you long to engage your creativity for fun or to make a living out of it, among these covers you will find motivation, encouragement, and tools to help you go about it.
If you are curious whether should you choose to give in to your creative calling, after this insightful and inspiring read you will have no doubt in your mind. If there was ever a book that will take you by the hand and lead you through your fears, misconceptions, suspicions, illusions, excuses, and resistance, straight into the light–this is the one.
It is one of those books with the potential to change your perspective. I was referred to it during an accidental discussion in IG about a year ago, just as I was starting to unravel my creative path with decisiveness and intention. Wait, what am I saying, there is no such thing as an accident. Sadly, I can˙t remember who referred me to it so I have no one to thank but the stars, and sweet Elizabeth.
A key to welcoming creativity in your life
No matter if you long to engage your creative core for fun or to make a living out of it, here you will find motivation, reassurance, encouragement, and many useful tips on how to go about it. The author gives real-life examples, including her own of how acknowledging creativity manifests in one˙s life as how does ignoring it. She shares about how to perceive it, how to recognize it, work with it, and pretty much make the best of it to enrich your life, even give it purpose, whether you see yourself as a creative person or not.
Instead of writing more about the book I thought I would share some of my favorite parts with you, but found myself unable to choose. I have highlighted this book from cover to cover. This was the book that had me begin with highlighting take away bits in the first place. Anyway, not knowing how to choose among many favorite quotes I decided to open a blind page and share whatever comes first, and the page I opened was just what, I believe you need to read.
It is one of those books with the potential to change your perspective.
From the book:
“There is no guarantee of success in creative realms. Not for you, not for me, not for anyone. (…)
The outcome cannot matter. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome. (…)
There is a famous question that shows up, it seems, in every single self-help book ever written: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
But I˙ve always seen it differently. I think the fierce question of all is this one: What would you do even if you knew that you might very well fail?
What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?
What do you love even more then you love your ego?
How fierce is your trust in that love?
You might challenge this idea of fierce trust. You might buck against it. You might want to punch and kick at it. You might demand of it, ˝Why should I go through all the trouble to make something if the outcome might be nothing?˝
The answer will usually come with a wicked trickster grin: ˝Because its fun, isn˙t it?˝
Anyhow, what else are you going to do with your time here on earth –not make things? Not do interesting stuff? Not fallow your love and curiosity?
There is always that alternative, after all. You have free will. If creative living becomes too difficult or to unrewarding for you, you can stop whenever you want.
But seriously: Really?
Because, think about it: Then what?”