Yesterday I saw the cutest thing: two young girls on the path outside my house, battling with an umbrella that was turning contortions in the strong spring winds, and giggling like they were about to burst. Each time they turned the umbrella out of the wind and it righted itself, they would hold it again to catch the wind until it popped out of shape like a fleeing jellyfish. And they'd laugh and shriek some more. They trashed the umbrella, but they had so much fun doing it.
Sitting in our homes or offices waiting for inspiration to strike is akin to locking ourselves in a vault and wondering why we are running out of oxygen. Nine times out of ten we need to create our own inspiration. As Julia Cameron (author of The Artist’s Way’ said about creativity in an interview: “If we keep waiting for the perfect mood, we’re going to end up starved.”
So we need to reconnect with the playfulness in us that we sometimes forget about when we take life (or ourselves as artists) too seriously.
As inspirational writer and artist SARK (Sarah Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) says, “Live Juicy!”
How do you reconnect with the creative ‘you’? And where does creativity come from?