Creative lives. We all have a creative spirit inside. Some of us insist on tapping into it regardless of what we do for our income. To live a creative life takes courage and Big Magic.
Elizabeth Gilbert is a best selling author of the book Eat, Pray, Love. The book that became a movie with Julia Roberts in it, remember? She is the author of other books including Big Magic. Gilbert has some unique thoughts on how you incorporate creativity into your life.
Whats the Book About
Big Magic is about how your creativity, inspiration and joy are all tied together. Living a creative life is possible regardless if you make money from it or not. You get something from your creative endeavors that nothing else can match or make you feel. Living fully in your creativeness can be challenging but at times certain things will click and there will be “big magic.”
Big magic is when failures come together to create success. It is when you lose creativity on a project but find that a friend found it and creating the project beautifully. Big Magic happens when inspiration hits us with something we would have never thought of on our own. It is everywhere, happening all the time, and it is beautiful.
3 Major Points I Loved In the Book
1. Human Beings Are Makers
Everyone of one us has a history of makers. People who created for use or just for the sake of creating. Every single one of us has a creative ability in us. Not all of us will acknowledge it or tap into it, but it is there.
I have a grandfather who works with wood after a career in the banking world. I have a grandmother that helped me create all sorts of crafts during the holiday. I had a great grandmother that still tried to paint and draw before she passed away. My mother painted stockings with brown my precious moments babies on it for Christmas, since she couldn’t find any in stores. My dad has designed and built a raised a bed for me. Creativity is in my blood as much as it is in yours. Own it.
2. We All Have Entitlement To Create
We are all entitled to be here. We all have an entitlement to create. This can be hard to live out if you are told that you will never make it, won’t be able to earn money, or win. But you do not create for others, their money, acceptance or approval. You create for yourself. Own your right to create in the ways that fill you.
3. Do Not Put Your Survival On Your Creative Abilities
When you start out in creating expect nothing from it. You are creating for the purpose of creating. We don’t need the added pressure of creating to pay rent. When you do have a nice income from your creativity then you can, if you want, put your rent, food, etc on its shoulders.
But, often enough we don’t receive the payment we need and we begin to resent our creativity. A negative relationship with your creativity doesn’t help you create. Knowing that your creativity loves showing up for you and doing well, knowing it just shows up because you love it, creates a different dynamic than depression, angst, and anger coming from it.
One Last Note
You can be a completely healthy human being and create large quantities of excellent pieces of work. Writers do not need a to have a drinking problem to do it. Musicians do not require turmoil driven relationships. Dancers you don’t have to have an eating disorder. Your creativity is not based on your despair, depression, chaos, or hatred of yourself or your creative ability. You can love yourself and create.
This is by far a one of my favorite points from Gilbert! As much as you are to nurture your creative ability you are to nurture yourself.
Who is this Book For
This book is for everyone, because we are all creatives. If you struggle with your creativity as your main source of income or making it your side hustle this book will resonate with you. You don’t have to desire an income from your creativity. You just have to want to live a creatively full life.
This book is for you!
my thoughts on the book
I am not sure I agree with all that Gilbert says, but I did enjoy the book. As a creative this gave more perspective in putting my livelihood upon my creative abilities.
Let me know if you decide to read Big Magic, in the comments below.