Octavia Butler Knew
Why is it that some people seem so creative? Every time you run into them, they seem to be into something new or transitioning from one phase to another of an ongoing project. And they seem so stoked about it. You can see it in the way they talk about their projects, the gleam in their eye as they recount the latest stage of their journey.
How energizing it must be to have creativity in our lives on a regular basis.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve all wanted to create. Dreams of painting or writing, playing an instrument or building furniture, creating magical gardens or memorable quilts, the list goes on and on.
Somehow we convince ourselves that life is for other people and we stack up the reasons why it’s not for us. We imagine the time it must take to build proficiency and mastery. Who has that kind of time when there are bills to pay and kids to shuttle around, commitments and family obligations? We imagine the space and the ideal conditions we need and throw up our hands because we can’t even find a place to put the mail.
The thing is, people who develop a fulfilling creative practice aren’t able do so because those things are absent from their lives, they are able to develop their creative practice by deciding to.
That’s the first step. Making a choice to start your creative practice. Mulling over the choice will probably seem a little scary and doubt may rise in your heart, but once you say, “I am going to do this,” you’ll feel a weight lifa lightness in your heart. And then you’ll set to work.
You don’t have to know how it will happen, the timing, the location or the nature of your practice, you just need to commit. Once you commit–to your practice, to yourself–you open yourself to the “how”.
If you need an additional pep talk, check out these posts from Austin Kleon about getting started.
For more on Octavia Butler check out this LA Times article.