Sometimes I think that creative living is mostly about trusting your intuition and taking a step towards something, without necessarily knowing quite where you are going. Crafting an identify apart from your designated roles is much the same. You can't accurately sit down and decide what the masterpiece of yourself is going to look like, anymore than a painter can sit down at a canvas and picture exactly what he is going to create. Even if he thinks he knows where his work is going, the art itself might end up going somewhere else entirely. Likewise, many an author of fiction has experienced her characters taking over the story and steering it in a completely different direction than the author intended. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It can lead to some lovely creations, in fact. Part of the creative journey is learning that holding too tightly to your plan can squeeze all the inspiration and life right out it, not to mention leaving no room for growth.
I was listening to a podcast today. It was from Magic Lessons, with Elizabeth Gilbert. If you haven't discovered her yet, I highly recommend you spend some time checking out her work and getting to know her. She is fantastic. I love that she has a heart for encouraging other people to explore their creative side. She truly believes there is room in the world for all of us and our uniquely creative spirit. She was interviewing Glennon Doyle Melton, another wonderful spirit, and they were discussing the necessity for us to be honest with ourselves and to present ourselves authentically to the world. Since "authentic" is one of the words I am focusing on this year, it deeply resonated with me.
I am so glad you are here! Welcome to my blog. This is your space, too. My name is Amy, and I am no stranger to the ups and downs of life. Join me as we search for beauty, authenticity, tell our truth, and hold space for each other in the messiness of life.