As we grow into zombie-minded adults working in gray fabric cubes, microwaving our lunches and cleaning paper jams, over time it's only natural that all of our creative energy will be sucked right out of us. I remember when I used to create stuff like crazy, and now I struggle to come up with ideas, or even worse - I come up with an awesome idea and have ZERO time to make it happen.
I have often thought about what makes someone creative, and what doesn't. I've been lucky enough to work in a career that has some really creative people, but my role doesn't always require tons of idea-generating. Most of the time, I just need to make sure my clients are happy and the invoices paid. How thrilling.
BUT, when I came across this TEDTalks video from author Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love - I thought she had a really humble and normal approach to the creative process and sustaining your creativity. It kind of gave me hope that one day my creative genius would come along, and inspire me to do a really fabulous peice of work, and then drift on by to another person armed with an equally creative idea. Or perhaps, my genius has already come by 10 or 25 times, but I have had no time to make it happen. Which kind of worries me now.
This video almost inspires me to pick up Eat, Pray, Love and give it a chance as a book. It's been a mega-hit sensation, and I ought to figure out what all the hype is about. Have you read it? What did you think?
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