I’m reading “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m really enjoying it. She has a very refreshing take on the creative process…polar opposite to the tortured artist, more of a love affair with creativity. An actual relationship with it.
She suggests that ‘Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form.’ They come into our lives, try to get our attention, can be with with us for moments, or years but when it eventually realizes you aren’t going to pay attention and do something to bring it into the world it will move on to someone else.
I have some experience with this and will share one with you. Years ago before we became crazy pet people who dressed and babied and spent a gazillion dollars on our fur babies I had the idea of a ‘dog wash’.
We had a big German Shepherd at the time who was a real pain in the butt to wash in the tub when the weather was too cold to do it outside. We were driving by a car wash one day and I said to my (now ex) husband, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was such a thing as a dog wash!”
Now, I could have ran with it…if we’d had the money or the know how of getting it but I’m not sure it would have caught on back then. This was the mid 90’s and I don’t remember people being as willing to part with their cash on behalf of their pets. But still, I had the idea and then years later they started popping up. So the idea went to someone else who actually helped it become something real.
I’m also a bit of a hoarder…because I see something, have a niggle of what I could create with it – buy it, pick it up from a back alley, accept it from a friend…however else it falls into my lap – bring it home – then do nothing with it. Because I’m also a procrastinator.
EG shares an experience with a book she was going to write. It was a great idea, she had done research and started writing when life got into the way and she had to close up shop on it for a couple of years. When she went back it was gone…the ideas, not the work she’d done.
There is another story she tells about this idea that is pretty awesome, I suggest you pick up her book and give it a read because it gave me shivers when she explains where her idea for the book went.
What I’ve taken away from this is maybe it’s time for me to let go of some of the things I’ve collected over the years that came with ideas I never did anything with. Maybe it’s time to let someone else use these things for their ideas.
There’s also the possibility it would make room for new ideas, ones I may have more initiative to actually bring into the world.
It’s time to clear the clutter!
After the wedding…priorities! 😉