In January, I picked up a copy of ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert after listening to her interview on The Lively Show. She had many encouraging words during the episode, but the message she promoted from her new book stuck with me to most, “follow your curiosity, not your passion”.
Shortly after I stopped pursuing calligraphy as a passion and a small business, I was in a creative rut. I had new free time and I knew I needed a creative outlet, but I wasn’t sure what to start doing. I felt an internal pressure to find a creative project I could devote my energy to. I struggled to find the right project for months, but reading ‘Big Magic’ gave me the push to start creating for fun again.
“It’s okay if your work is fun for you, is what I’m saying. It’s also okay if your work is healing for you, or fascinating for you, or redemptive for you, or if it’s maybe just a hobby that keeps you from going crazy. It’s even okay if your work is totally frivolous. That’s allowed. It’s all allowed. Your own reasons to create are reason enough.”
Having fun and staying sane is reason enough for me.
I highly recommend reading ‘Big Magic’, and these few other things I’ve found magical lately:
- On Worry by Patrick Rhone
- The Single American Woman by Rebecca Traister for New York Magazine
- What and How by Seth Godin
Today, I’d like to wish my dad a happy happy happy birthday!
And to you to start this holiday weekend, I’ll use my favorite advice my dad has always given me, “Have some fun!”