Sometimes people don´t follow their creative inklings because it "serves no productive purpose." Creativity has been called frivolous, childish and even selfish. This could not be further from the truth.
That which arises in your imagination does so for an essential reason. We know people would go clinically insane without night dreams, and I would say that the same is true for daydreams. Without dreams and fantasies, what's the point? Without reaching for something higher, the whole game falls a part.
There's a point at which being practical simply becomes absurd. Did we really become human merely to eat, sleep and survive? No, we are human to express ourselves, create beauty, reflect on life and connect with one another. Obviously that higher level of human existence is what makes surviving worth while.
In my book, The Meaning Method, I quoted Earnest Becker who said, "The artist takes in the world, but instead of being oppressed by it, he reworks it in his own personality and reworks it as work."
That's the key to art. Unless we express and reach up for these higher levels of existence, we're not really living life, we're being run over by it. Especially life's sorrows.
Stories are essential in the painful moments. One of the most important things writing this book taught me about is Catharsis. When we can create art out of sadness, we're somehow liberated, and we liberate others. There's a miraculous release. A new level of understanding and significance is created. Those are the three reasons.
1. You write to understand the significance of your own life.
2. You write as a gift to help others reflect on the significance of their lives.
3. You write so that significance can be remembered and understood for longer than the span of a single conversation.
Now that´s a reason to get out of bed in the morning! To add significance to your own life and the lives of others.
A lot of people are having a blast stepping into the light of creative recovery. They're getting past those critical voices and writing the stories they've always wanted to write. As a result life becomes so much more full and interesting. It's my honor to support this blossoming on along the way.
If you want a companion for your creative journey, stick around this blog, and buy the book, The Meaning Method. It's a step by step guide that will transform writer's block into creative epiphanies.
Thanks so much for reading!