Being the TED fan that I am, and curious about creativity, courage and change, I discovered Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Love, Pray) talking about “Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating” in 2014.
I read her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear in September 2015 as soon as it was published. It was named best book of the year on Brainpickings (another great place for inspiration!)
I loved Big Magic. It resonated. There were parallels between Big Magic and my TEDx talk “an artist’s leap of faith” delivered at TEDxZurichWomen in May 2015.
Today my friend (Simone) posted an image on Facebook about Gilbert’s “Not this” concept. The bells were ringing again!
I remember the “Not this” feeling, so well. It was in my core for many years. I was a pessimist. A really good one, I must admit. So much so, that eventually i was diagnosed with depression.
In 2009, I was in a stagnant place, burnt out and too scared to change my life for fear of the unknown. Like many, I preferred to stay attached to the familiar even though it felt very wrong. Personally, I had to hit rock bottom in order to find the courage and motivation to rebuild myself, change my life and make my dreams a reality.
The “what next” was obvious for me, confronting my fears was the biggest challenge. I had dreams of being an artist, but as an experienced un-empowered pessimist, i had become an expert at playing it safe, conforming, feeling guilty to put my need’s first, denial and self sacrifice. And dreams are not built on foundations of playing it safe!
For others, the “what next” is less obvious. Not everyone feels passionate about one thing. The good news is, according to Elizabeth Gilbert, you don’t need to be!
Elizabeth Gilbert talks about there being two types of people in the world; the jackhammers (passionate) and hummingbirds (cross-pollinators). In a nutshell, she invites the hummingbirds to follow their curiosity and to trust the process of discovery and creation.
So what next? Try Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity workshop on Udemy.
Believing is half the battle. Courage, resilience and perspiration is the other half. Expect a bumpy ride, with plenty surprises, lessons learned and stories to tell.
So, what’s stopping you from creating the life stories you’d be proud of? Whatever you are curious about… explore! The journey getting there might be one of a lifetime and even inspire the content for a book, a TED talk and spark others to take a leap of faith.