“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Unknown
Pursuing your creativity, whether it means a leap into a new career field or the pursuit of a new hobby, means accepting vulnerability and the possibility of failure, big or small. Both realities can stop us from pursuing what we dream of doing but these TED Talks will inspire you to take the leap.
The Crossroads of Should and Must
“There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.” – Elle Luna
This essay by Elle Luna, an artist, is one of the most inspiring ones I have read about pursuing your passion. It is worthwhile to read every word but she ultimately decides that what we do and who we are do not need to be separate entities – they can be one in the same if we face the fear but choose Must anyway. Note: There is a book based on the essay intended to help you do just that.
Headspace, a digital guided meditation service and mindfulness training app, did a two-part series on discovering creativity even if you feel you are not a particularly creative person. They discuss the belief that calming the mind allows us to recognize the ideas and creative thoughts that are hidden by the mind’s “traffic.” One way to free the mind? Meditation.
Writing to simply write can relax our mind and guide us toward realizations or ideas that cultivate creativity. As Ashley Abramson of Darling Magazine says, “You don’t even have to identify as a writer to reap the benefits of writing — you just have to want to do the work.” Darling Magazine shares five writing prompts to get you started.
Exercise, especially running and yoga, can have a meditative quality that allows you to tune into your own thoughts. If you are craving some creativity or considering a decision outside of your comfort zone, try working through it with exercise.
What fuels your creativity? Share with us in the comments – we’d love to hear.
About Courtney McGowan
Courtney McGowan is a freelance writer living in San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Master of Science in Health Communication program and currently works at UC San Diego in Research Ethics. She enjoys writing, cooking, NPR, yoga, reading and running. She strives to educate others about various topics in health and wellness. Twitter: @courtasee // Instagram: @courtneym913 // LinkedIn