I just finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book “Big Magic,” all about expressing our innate creativity. In it, she encourages us to follow our natural instincts to make stuff, and to silence those voices, whether internal or external, that tell us we’re “not creative.” As Liz points out -
“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person. You and I and everyone you know are descended from tens of thousands of years of makers. Decorators, tinkerers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem-solvers, and embellishers - these are our common ancestors.”
As I talk to people during my day-to-day work at Make It KPT, I am fascinated by everyone’s stories about their own creative journeys. Many have found inspiration in their family trees - a grandma who made everything from afghans to cherry jam, a grandpa who could build anything and tinkered away in the basement, an aunt who designed fashion in New York, a father who was an expert welder.
The only difference between any of us and our creative ancestors is the decision to make stuff. Whether we make things that are essential to survival or decorative and beautiful, they are all creative and worthwhile, and we all have it in us to be makers. We just need to have a free and open attitude and make something.
I highly recommend “Big Magic.” It was a fun and inspirational read. You can find it at - http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/.