I love coming home after an international adventure. It always feels like a new start.
…and I feel like something exciting is coming.
Over the last five weeks, I have had the opportunity to afternoon adventure in some pretty damn phenomenal places. But when it comes down to it, this well-trodden, 2-hour walking route in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia is really just as good.
It’s great to be home.
So much to learn.
Being such early days in my writing adventure, I’m still very much finding my stride. I have yet to discover my ideal writing workflow, and a regular posting schedule. I’ve got to get faster, not only in the process of writing and editing, but through all the little chunks of time required; format the page, fill in metadata, publish and share…all of which is not happening terribly efficiently at the moment.
But that aside, I’d by lying if I didn’t say that I’m actually really loving this. I’m loving everything about it. I’m especially loving the fact that whether or not people are reading, it’s keeping me accountable to writing. It’s forcing me to create.
I think someone is reading. I even got a comment the other day (Hi Mum!).
If you are reading (…yes, you), then thank you. I hope you’re enjoying it so far, because I have absolutely no intention of stopping.
On that note…
Where the focus goes, the energy flows.
Bringing forth our unique creative gifts to the world requires a strong helping of courage. And yet, I’ve come to realise that daring greatly is actually a far simpler prospect than one might anticipate at the outset. In order to actually achieve some measure of fulfilment with our creativity, the most crucial and important pre-requisite is, of course, that we love what we’re doing. We have to connect with our chosen task in a way that makes us truly come alive (or makes us feel that way, at least).
This is nothing new. We all understand the value of ‘intrinsic motivation’; that when we enjoy what we do, we do it happier, and we do it better.
However, in the process of chasing this feeling of inspiration (whether or not we choose to follow it as a career path), life inevitably gets in the way. Soon that life-giving feeling of ‘aliveness’ has been buried under a seemingly endless supply of distractions and to-do items.
This happened to me in my pursuit of a career as a professional tap dancer. Looking back over the last 10 years, when I think about how much time I actually spent connected to the blissful, soul-nourishing feeling that tap dance gives me—the same feeling that inspired me to seek a career in dance to begin with—I would estimate I spent less than 2% of my “career” in this state. The other 98% was spent on tasks; ‘busying’ tasks that seemed important at the time. Lesson learned.
It’s really simple. The way we stay interested and engaged in something is by doing it. Regularly, and as often as possible. You must set aside time to spend alone with your creative gifts, whatever they may be. You must. You must learn to recognise that life-giving feeling when you are truly connected to creativity and inspiration, and acknowledge its limitless value. Then, above everything else, you must strive to find your way back to this feeling, over and over again.
It is these moments that truly fuel us. They provide the necessary foundations of fulfilment and happiness required to do anything of substance.
Life will get in the way.
You will likely become busy, stressed and exhausted, and in these moments it will become tempting to gently push creative inspiration aside for another day (week, month or year). But we must strive to find the courage to rank creative inspiration at the top of our personal priority list, right where it belongs.
After all, in the end it’s a feeling that we’re all chasing, right? We all just want to be inspired.
No matter how far we drift from inspiration, it’s never too late to find it again.
On that note, I’m off to have a tap dance.
This must be the place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads.