I recently read the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I really liked just about everything that she had to say. One of the things that has stuck with me was the fact that she believes that everyone is an artist. Somehow in the past hundred years or so, we’ve come to believe in this odd idea that the only people who are artists are those who make money following their path. That would include professional dancers, painters, writers and musicians. Somehow we’ve come to the strange conclusion that the person down the street who does the same things but doesn’t make a living at it, can’t possibly be considered an artist.
This idea that magic (creativity) can happen to anyone, anywhere is an astounding idea. This simple idea gives art back to everyone; which is exactly where it should be. After all, it wasn’t a single “artist” who drew on the cave walls; it was anyone who had the time and ambition.
This book helps people see that creativity happens anywhere, at any time to anyone. And it is something that we should embrace and bring into our everyday lives. By calling it magic, Gilbert wants all of us to be creative. Think you’re not? Well, there are as many ways to be creative as there are people. Do you enjoy changing recipes around, and adding (or subtracting) ingredients? How about setting a beautiful table? What about knitting, quilting or sewing? Do you write in your free time? Any hobbies?
Creativity is all around us. We only need to grab onto it and let it flow through us. What a positive and exciting way to live. Find the magic and don’t let it go. It will improve your life!