Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.Ask youself what makes you come alive, and then go do it.Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.~Harold Thurman Whitman
But I recognize that I’m luckier than most~I’ve achieved half the battle to follow that credo. I, at least, have found the things that make me come alive.
Certainly, writing is one of them.
Foolsgold promises to help me “find the artist within by cultivating a creative lifestyle that will not only expand and inspire you, but may also ground and heal you.” A “creative lifestyle” is what interests me here. In the past months, as I’ve come to realize how much writing means to me, I’ve allowed it to play a bigger role in my inner life. Yet I keep it tucked in the cupboard of my lifestyle, afraid to let it play in the daylight hours, only taking it out when I’ve completed all the other, less livening activities.
Perhaps in order to start living that “fully alive” life the world needs, I must allow creativity to permeate my entire lifestyle, not just those few “off hours” when the regular work is done.
What does that mean in practical terms? I’m not sure. It could mean branching out in my writing activities, going “beyond the blog” and taking a creative writing class or reading a poem on poetry night at my local coffee house. Maybe it means looking for other avenues of musical expression – learning a new instrument or joining a new group. Perhaps it could be taking up a new activity entirely – working with paper crafts or collage. I’m quite sure it means taking another step outside the safe little box I’ve erected around my current creative efforts.
I’ll keep you posted.