Having such a successful beginning in 2016 and winning competitions in North-America made me reflect on art and creative living. What is the right thing to do and the right way to lead a life? Becoming an artist is a devotional practice – doing correctly, it’s an act of love and a lifelong commitment to creativity. Search for transcendence. Being a creative human being is a daily practice. We don’t have to desire to be in the spotlight to experience the magic of creation. Art lets us contemplate on mysteries and universal secrets, experiencing obstacles and victories, happiness and sorrow.
The life of an artist is sometimes isolated. We have to find solitude to be able to create. There’s a continuous cycle to be found — isolation, followed by the publication of the end creation, followed by isolation again.
Without bravery, we cannot step on the path of creative living. Without bravery we’d be unable to realize our full potential. Without bravery we’d live a more simple life, less rich in content. Without bravery we can never experience the adventures that life can offer to us. Definitely, one of my main goals as a child was to become famous and rich, but it doesn’t matter anymore. Because what I was actually searching for is creative living, finding meaning every single day.
To be able to pursue my creative activities, I don’t need a crowd to cheer for me and I don’t need thousands of copies of a book to be sold. To be happy is simply a choice. A choice we can make right now. A choice for bravery against cowardice. I want to dedicate June to one of my favourite writers and role models, Elizabeth Gilbert. Her work has changed my way of thinking so many times and her latest book, the Big Magic should definitely be compulsory reading at schools.
The important question that she also asks is whether we have the courage to bring our hidden treasures to the surface. We all have specific abilities, aspirations, longings, talents. Something wonderful under all those layers of fear — hidden jewels.
“The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place —that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.” (Elizabeth Gilbert)
What creates a more contented life is creative living. Still, it doesn’t mean pursuing art professionally or focusing on earning money with our creation. Creative living is a choice that everyone has. Not every story ends with book deals, an Olympic gold medal or an international musical career. And, it doesn’t have to. We’re writing our own specific story every single day. Bringing creativity into our daily routine gives beauty, transcendence and magic. And we definitely want to spend as much time as we can in this specific state. That’s why the end product isn’t that import —it’s about the process.
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner —continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you —is a fine art, and of itself.” (Elizabeth Gilbert)
Fear is the accompanist of creativity —especially if we try to create something innovative or inventive. That fear is always triggered when we lurch into the realms of uncertain outcome. It’s a part of human existence, but can be controlled with practice and awareness. It’s a matter of acceptance —acknowledging the presence of fear, giving it space and handling it on the right place. There’s something liberating in knowing that every creative person is struggling with the same process. I’m not alone. It’s not me who is totally inadequate, but just struggling with the common by-product of creativity.
The most refreshing thought of the whole book was definitely the existence of ideas as energetic life-forms. Just the idea of ‘ideas capable of interacting with humans’ with the aim to be manifested set me free. The theory tells us that ideas are swirling around on our planet, looking for a suitable and willing human collaborator. When an idea finds a possible candidate, it’ll try to raise attention in the form of inspiration, but if the receiver is oblivious to the message, it’ll move on to someone else. If we’re open to that particular idea, signs and coincidences will pop up along the way, keeping us interested and giving us more and more ideas pointing into the same direction. However, if we say no because we aren’t open, available or already working on another project, the idea will find another collaborator. I blamed myself so many times in the past, making false conclusions, and believing that someone had stolen my idea. That path can only lead to resentment, jealousy, and blame. There were also occasions when I saw it as a fact of my incapability, turning the anger against myself. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There were several occasions in my past, when I saw a book, a business, a movie that clearly showed a spark of inspiration I had at the time. Eventually, those ideas weren’t mine because I wasn’t open and dedicated to bring it to fruition. The power of this thinking is recognizing that there’s plenty of room for everyone. I can free myself and support others in their creative efforts, while measuring my own efforts based on my dedication to the idea and not by success or failure.
I’m grateful and excited to see that the elitist approach towards arts and creativity is shifting towards emphasizing human beings as creative beings. Technological advancements clearly changed us as species and significantly influenced every aspect of our lives, but also triggered a cultural shift that I perceive as a huge leap towards a more balanced living. With programs, apps and easy access to information, everybody can become an artist today, artist with small letters. Practicing art isn’t restricted to the privileged ones anymore, and I find this quick shift fascinating. Everyone can produce a song, write a book, choreograph a performance, shoot a movie or make breath-taking photographs. Although I know there’s a big part of the cultural circle that doesn’t support this change, mainly gatekeepers, critics, wondering where this whole progress is going, I consider it as a blessing.
I didn’t have all the opportunities as a child to follow my bliss, my passion in the arts, but life still gave me the chance to realize those goals on a different scale. This is how I became a dancer, writer, blogger, creative entrepreneur. In certain instances, I love calling myself an artist, and one of my mission in life is to create similar miracles in the lives of less fortunate children.
We’re all creative beings, and living a creative life isn’t a prerogative anymore. It’s a miracle we all can experience on a daily basis…
Suggested Book Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear–» LINK
Favorite Video Seth Godin on How to Dance with Fear –» LINK