We are all given a FREE GIFT that we have the freedom to use throughout our lives.
The gift is creativity.
Without creativity, we (humanity) would be waiting for the process of evolution to progress us forward. With creativity, we have the power to progress ourselves in every moment. Creativity gives us the ability to build something new, express our feelings and ideas in a new way, and make positive change for ourselves, each other, and the world.
From building a building of blocks to building the empire state building.
From the writer writing a book to the accountant creating a more efficient system for tracking transactions.
Everyone has a creative urge to make change happen in any way they can.
You’ve felt it before, right?
It can start as an uncomfortable feeling in your gut, a complaint, a vision, a voice in your head, or a random epiphany. It ends as something that the world has been needing, whether it impacts a million people or just yourself.
Or…it could end as the reinforcement of a self-sabotaging belief. It could end without even beginning. You could just feel the feeling and receive the creative vision, but instead of starting to create, you wait. You wait until you are consumed by your thoughts, and you find a comfortable action you can take so you don’t have to create something new.
Don’t you want to step into a creative paradise where you can make anything?
Don’t you want to feel fulfilled after you create something new?
Don’t you want to see what happens next?
Even if what happens next is nothing, even if the millions of viewers you expect is just 5 (you twice, your mom thrice), and even if what you create is only used by you and no one else, you will be gloriously rewarded simply by creating.
No matter what happens with what you create, you will know that you have just created something that made your soul grow.
To end this piece, I am going to share with you a letter that Kurt Vonnegut wrote in response to high school students that wanted him to speak at their school. Here is what he wrote:
Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:
I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.
What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.
Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?
Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.
God bless you all!