“Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is the book I need. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote down the words that have changed the way I think about my creative life, which I struggle with a lot. I’m always questioning whether my work is good enough? does it look right? is it lame? These are paralyzing thoughts to have because I end up leaving my ideas in my sketchbook and not taking them further.
They’re all valid questions – albeit, negative AF – but…who cares? The point of it all is to keep creating and to keep doing what I enjoy. Art fulfills me and that should be what it’s all about. I have no control over how it’ll be received and that’s a liberating mindset to have.
I highlighted so many passages and here are just some that resonated with me:
You want to write a book? Make a song? Direct a movie? Decorate pottery? Learn a dance? Explore a new land? You want to draw a penis on your wall? Do it. Who cares? It’s your birthright as a human being, so do it with a cheerful heart. (I mean, take it seriously, sure—but don’t take it seriously.) Let inspiration lead you wherever it wants to lead you.
Well, yes, it probably has already been done. Most things have already been done—but they have not yet been done by you.
…just make whatever you need to make and toss it out there.
Done is better than good.
You made it; you get to put it out there. Never apologize for it, never explain it away, never be ashamed of it. You did your best with what you knew, and you worked with what you had, in the time that you were given. You were invited, and you showed up, and you simply cannot do more than that.
This book is a 10/10.