Being creative means FLYING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS. It means not knowing where you’re headed or how on earth you’ll get to where you hope to wind up; making up the rules and drawing the map as you go; honoring your gut instincts and being insanely impulsive; getting lost from time to time; following not what makes perfect sense but what makes your blood flow faster or what makes butterflies dance into your belly.
Being creative means ALWAYS WRITING IN THE PRESENT TENSE. It means becoming a novice in this very moment, and forgetting everything you know; asking your inner critic to take a hike; letting go of all those times you’ve messed up, struggled, been a victim, or embarrassed yourself; giving yourself permission to not look ahead and wonder if you’ll succeed or fail; stepping into the journey and enjoying the ride, like a frontseat dog, squinting its eyes with its face in the wind.
Being creative means GETTING MESSY. It means shaking things up or rocking the boat, and no longer being held captive by your comfort zone; remembering that the only constant is change; trusting that you’ll still be loved within your own sovereignty; finding the beauty in your warts and daring to be imperfect, quirky, “overly” sensitive, and vulnerable; getting a kick out of your mistakes; knowing without a doubt that you will fall flat on your face and that you always have the moxie to get right back up and start again.
Being creative means IGNORING WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING. It means not waiting to be discovered, noticed, or appreciated; recognizing that there’s no such thing as right or wrong; ending the cycle of defining yourself by the opinions or lack of acceptance of others; exercising sassiness; no longer comparing yourself to your neighbor; noticing how well-meant advice feels in your body and letting go of whatever doesn’t demand the fullest expression of who you are.
Being creative means OWNING YOUR EXPERIENCE. It means turning your attention inward; asking for help and support; making your boundaries and limits clear; carving out time and space for yourself; knowing when it’s time to stretch and when it’s time to mellow out; celebrating your strengths and passions; cleaning out the clutter; determining what works, what’s healthy, what’s valuable for YOU; no longer blaming your parents, your boss, your teacher, or the media for telling you what to do or how to be.
Being creative means DREAMING OUTLOUD. It means tuning into what you really want and believing that you can have it, even if it seems farfetched or silly; awakening to your visions, whether they’re BIG, small, or somewhere in between; discovering magic in the ordinary and being grateful for the little things; knowing that life can be taken away in the blink of an eye; scattering meaningful endeavors into your daily to-do list; telling someone you adore them and slowing down long enough to feel it in your bones; always being ready for an adventure; sharing your gifts with the world and allowing the love for what you do to be contagious.