You Just Start

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You just start.

There is no perfect time.

You are weary of an idea pursuing you & tugging on your soul, so rather than run harder you stop in your tracks, turn around, shake your idea’s hand & say, OK.  I will give you 15 minutes of my day NOW.  No running out & buying a new pen, notebook, paintbrush, canvas, computer or whatever distraction you may deem necessary.  Just sit down & give you & your idea a chance to know each other better.

Lao Tzu,  an ancient Chinese mystic once said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”So true, but what he neglected to say was that first step is the hardest of the entire journey.  On the flip side, it is the most liberating.  Your 15-minute appointment with your idea will probably extend to an hour.  Then you can hardly wait for the next one.  Congratulations- you are on your way.

This scenario is exactly how this blog started on a beat-up legal pad  I scrounged from a drawer in my desk.  I was ultimately tackled with the idea that I needed to share my stories of life on my creative path, often a lonely one.  Hopefully, it can help you, dear reader, on yours.  In the process, I had to thumb my nose at my greatest nemesis, perfection, and just start.  This is my first step.

The Artist Demystified

 

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Images of berets, cigarettes, drugs, & tatoos abound when the word “artist” is bantered about by the non- artist.  I prefer the word “creative” to the former term.  By definition, artists are “a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, painter, printmaker, actor, writer, poet, dancer, or filmmaker, etc”.  I prefer to expand that definition to “people who seriously express themselves in a creative medium”.

There’s an entire world of the arts outside of the fine arts box.  Plenty of people have told me that they don’t have an artistic bone in their body.  Whoa- not so fast.  I tell those people to look at how they decorate their homes, how they dress, how they bake, what they sew.  The world of creativity is vast.  You don’t have to know how to draw to be an artist, but you do have to be willing to explore.  In our productivity driven culture it can be difficult to justify that time.  For myself it’s as necessary as eating.

But as in any walk of some are called to live a life of a creative.  That can be in an “after hours” format as it was before I retired.  Even 15 minutes a day can be gratifying.  Even just reading about something you are passionate about can be gratifying. Taking a class is even better to get you among like minded people.  Bit by bit can lead to greater things.  You merely have to be willing to take that first scary step.