08/04/2016

Has It All Been Done Before? Unlocking Your Creative Genius

Has It All Been Done Before? Unlocking Your Creative Genius

Good morning friends!

Do you ever feel like “it’s all been done before”? Do you have an idea trapped inside of you that longs to be expressed, yet you can’t seem to pull the trigger because what’s the point? Someone else has already done it, and they’ve probably done it better. Right?

I struggle with this. I like to dabble in many different hobbies, my attention span usually doesn’t allow me to stay on any one given activity long enough to become a “master.” In a world that idolizes talent and fame over simply being a good person, this can leave me with a sense of hopelessness. After all, why do something that everyone else is already doing, especially if the internet allows me access to view everyone else’s accomplishments? Why add my two cents to the “noise”? Right?

Wrong. So, so wrong.

Sometimes, when I have thoughts of hopelessness or inadequacy, I think, “What would I tell my best friend or sister if she came to me saying these exact same things?” If one of my sisters or friends came to me saying, “I just don’t think I’m good enough to do x.” I would first ask, “Do you want to do x? Would you enjoy doing it?” If the answer is yes, then what are you waiting for?

I have many talented friends and family members. I enjoy seeing their work, I love the passion they possess. It would break my heart if my sister Jacqueline never took another photo, if my sister Christina never experimented in the kitchen, if my friends ever stopped playing music. It is counterculture, but the point of hobbies, side projects, and the messy process of discovering your calling is actually just a pathway for you to become a better person and to enjoy the process of doing the dang thang.

Do you think painters paint to make money? I mean maybe some of them do, but I believe the most inspiring and eye-catching artwork is created by people who simply love what they do: it permeates into their art, their passion simply oozes from their creations. I think this is true across the board, for anything we do or create. People are drawn to those that love what they do, whether it’s for work or pleasure. 

One of my favorite examples is the lead singer of Bastille, Dan Smith. He hates being the center of attention, but as this article states, he just couldn’t stop singing. He kept it secret from his friends, simply making music for sake of making it. “I wrote songs very much for myself and thought it was really embarrassing. None of my friends ever knew. My family knew because they overheard it coming out of my room – these weird warbling noises.”

If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further. I emphasize that “being successful” is not the goal here, but I think these people led very inspiring lives. Here is a list of 11 very successful business people who had a tough time in their 20s.

If you’re feeling like “everything has been done before”… well, it probably has. But the creative genius “steals” ideas and transforms them into something new [1]. “If you hold back for fear it’s all been said before, the world will have lost something truly unique. It’ll be missing your voice. Your perspective. Your soul.” [2]

So get out of your own way and let your creative expression flow. It doesn’t matter what your passion is, if you think it makes a difference or it doesn’t. What matters is that you put your heart and soul into it, and that you share it with the world. What do you have to lose?

What are some activities that bring your soul joy? What is one thing you can do today to move your idea forward?

I will leave you with these words by Walt Whitman:

I take to your reckless and composite chords, add to them, and cheerfully pass them forward.

References:

[1] TEDX Talk: http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322910178/is-everything-a-remix
[2] Marieforleo: http://www.marieforleo.com/2016/06/feeling-unoriginal/

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