Feed Your Creative Spirit

There’s a sense of wonder and joy I get every time I create something.

There’s a great quote by John Lennon in a Rolling Stones interview that goes, “I’m an artist, man. Give me a tuba, and I’ll get you something out of it.”

Perhaps creativity is built into our DNA. Does everyone get it? Probably.

But it needs to be nourished.

Creativity comes in many shapes and colors, but at the heart of all true creative work is the joy of making stuff.

It’s taking an idea and making it a reality. It’s following your curiosity, where it may lead. And expressing your self and your ideas in a way that resonates with others.

To be creative is to be someone who lives to make stuff. Forget money, forget fame—those are only tools (and sometimes hindrances) to live a life where you can create more.

I have a full-time job. I don’t have to write and work on this blog. I don’t have to play music. But then again, I have to do it. I would feel stale and less happy if I stopped. Creating isn’t all of who I am, but it’s a part of me.

Some people ask why I do so many things. Why not stick to one thing and focus all your effort on that? It’s true. That does work for some. It’s not a bad idea. But that’s not me. I would be giving pieces of myself away.

Pursuing multiple things takes much more effort.

But the rewards outpace the effort.

Ideas cross-pollinate between the different crafts you are learning. You start to see and think differently. You start to see how things are all connected. Ideas create more ideas. Which gives you more opportunities to learn and make stuff.

You have a creative soul when you:

  • Love Building.
  • Can’t not create.
  • Find meaning and joy in creativity.
  • Always experimenting and challenging yourself.
  • Are relentlessly curious.

Curiosity is what feeds the creative soul.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1678

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