How many of you would label yourselves as “creative”? All of you should because all of you are. You know me well enough by now to know that I love words and am a big believer in understanding them. The dictionary is rather silly and ties creativity to originality and art. Wrong, dictionary…just wrong. Creativity is SHARED by everyone because in a nut shell, it’s a system of thinking. Everyone to some degree or another has thought about something in a new way and drawn outside the lines to get there. To be creative is to be human. So what does this have to do with finding your truth? I’m glad you asked.
Think back to your childhood: What did you like to do? What did you enjoy most? What did you think was possible? Creativity is most evident in children and seems to be the most natural tool in any kid’s toolbox. Curiosity and imagination are running wild and untamed early in life. Then we get older and are injected with a dose of “reality” – Santa isn’t real…superheros aren’t real…you can’t do anything you put your mind to. In short, you are told to stop asking “why” and to start asking “how”. This shift is subtle but monumental in scale because it re-wires our brain. Just like anything else, reality is important and I’m not going to go all “Matrix” on you in this post. I am, however, going to get you to make a fool out of yourself for a good cause.
We live in a world where we are now connected to everyone and as such, there are lot more voices in our heads than ever before. This can stifle creativity in the blink of an eye. You have to get REALLY good at ignoring all the noise and just do SOMETHING. Where I think everyone should start is with a pen and paper. Searching for the truth is hard because it’s deep in your head, it goes all the way back to the beginning. Put your mind back into childhood and recall the things that you loved to do – the things you imagined and dreamed. Pick up your pen and write those things down. Don’t worry about how it looks or what comes out…just write. Once that is down, you can start to untangle it.
In my case, I came up with the central themes of writing, story telling and making music. I then zeroed in on those three things and started my blog one month ago today. I’ve written something on here every single day, with no real end goal in mind, but rather to enjoy the journey of something that was lost. The end goal is starting to come into focus a bit more, but more on that later. I want to know…what are your “lost” things? What did you start and never finish? What is the most true thing about you?
Keep tuning in folks, I’m not done yet…