Sick of hearing about get rich quick schemes and the next best things? So is everyone. But there is something that will work, without a doubt, every time. It’s a path that’s not for everyone – in that it requires a bit of courage, gumption and willingness to learn, adapt and grow on the regular. But if that hasn’t scared you off, you may be ready to hear exactly how you can get what you want out of life.
I say we yearn to leave something that lasts To be known for what little we’ve done Men tell their children the tales of their past And each man gives his name to his son Something in song or in story Something in blood, something of glory Something that won’t fade away in a year
– “I Was Here” from The Glorious Ones
Why create? A question with a million answers. Is it merely to communicate in a method stronger than words – in a language that has no boundaries? Is it because there is an innate need, a hunger to get something out? An expression of a conversation with one’s soul?
The most valuable thing that we have as humans is the ability to feel. Every experience, however difficult or challenging, leaves its impression. And creativity stems from a feeling: a twinge of anger, utter confusion, insatiable wonder.
Creativity can also help to stave off the feelings of insignificance when confronted with one’s own impermanence. When an individual comes to terms with the fact that life is short – a blip on the universe’s timeline – what better reaction than to try to leave something behind. A marker of one’s existence.
If you are only going to watch one video on creativity in your entire life, let it be this talk that Elizabeth Gilbert gave in 2009. Every single moment is worth it. Here’s to the “genius” inside each and every one of us.