BIG MAGIC—we all have it in us to be creative and to do things that we want to do. Elizabeth Gilbert was clear; you don’t need to be famous, we just need to go after things we desire. I mean, we all have the ability to become who we want, and still enjoy doing whatever we want. If you’re someone that is addicted to socks (like me eek!) and that you create photos of socks with books, that’s your enjoyment. Do I judge? No! Why would I? At the end of the day, we have to just go with our passion and have an incredible life with it!
She reference her friend, who enjoyed skating as a child but believed she wasn’t “good enough”. I’ve been there. I’ve been at that point where people told me I wasn’t good enough repeatedly. When I was in school, one of my teachers discouraged me in writing stories. I was literally heartbroken. I wanted to write stories, but this teacher thought I wasn’t strong or good enough. Who gives the right for someone to take away your dream? Yeah, this person did destroy my chances, but now I came to realization, that I love writing stories. It’s in me. I’ve been creating stories ever since I was a kid. I was good at storytelling.
After reading this book, I literally put down my wall and realized I wanted to do what I love. I love talking, and writing, and be EXTREMELY SILLY. I came to the conclusion that I could live and stop thinking terrible thoughts of myself. It’s hard to overcome the audience. We all have them. Whether its co-workers, friends, and especially family; we feel we get judged but we have to just let it all go (no I will not sing the frozen song!).
One thing that I took from this was that fear will always be connected to creative. They are on the same boat. Sometimes, you just got to tell fear to be quiet and come along for the ride. Just thinking about that, reminds me of Inside Out film. (Back off fear!)
The book has six chapters, in which it thoroughly breaks down all the things that we have questioned about ourselves. Now, not to say this is a perfect guideline to being successful. No. It’s coming to the conclusion that we should have courage, be enchanted, allow us to have permission, be persistent, trust in ourselves, and divinity.
“And you have treasures hidden within you—extraordinary treasures—and so do I, and so does everyone around us. And bring those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning and we simply do not have time anymore to think small.” –Big Magic, pg. 27
I highly recommend this book to everyone. At one point, you will wonder what is your creativeness or feel down, or lost, or confused, or maybe you’re happy. Just realize that you shouldn’t give up. I mean, I know I am not. I get looks all the time when I tell people what I do. Does it matter? No—it doesn’t. Because, I’m happy. This book made me realize that I am following my “treasures” that are in me.
So go pick it up at your local Chapters! You won’t be disappointed.