It’s funny. I’ve never really thought of myself as creative. I’ve always associated the word with artists and artists only for some reason. The fact of the matter is that we’re all creative. From the ideas we come up with for work to making dinner to decorating our home to making handmade gifts for our friends. We all have that spark. We all have the ability to create something.
Feeding my obsession with the brain, I recently finished Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (he regularly appears on Radiolab!), and it left me completely inspired. It made me realize that I need to learn how to let go. It reminded me that I need to keep traveling, not only because it makes me happy, but because it encourages an open mindedness that helps me make connections I have never made before. When we stay put, we’re more likely to be shackled by the familiar. It made me realize that frequently daydreaming as a kid was actually good for me and that sleeping is truly the height of genius. If you’re experiencing a mental block in your creative path, I suggest reading this book.
I’ll leave you with a quote on persistence: “It’s only by really thinking about something that we’re able to move ourselves into perceptions that we never knew we had the capacity for”.
How do you find inspiration?