I have long said that routine is the killer of creativity. In the midst of my ‘waking up and jumping on the treadmill’ lifestyle I was left feeling seriously uninspired. To take my camera out and snap away at everyday things felt like too much hard work, I lost that spark that drives the passion at the core of my creative side. I realised how sad I felt, going through the motion to fulfill my role to society, to complete my workaday job to pay my bills, to come out with possessions to look the part. Screw looking the part, I just want to look like me.
When I was dreaming about leaping out of my full time working existence I really had no clue how amazing it would be. I was so accustomed to waking up, dressing, sculling my coffee and racing out the door every morning that I didn’t really anticipate what a morning without all that rush would feel like. I was excited at the thought, but didn’t really know what it would be like to be home midweek, during the day. If you work full time and have dreamt of leaping, let me tell you the surprises are endless.
This morning my plan was to edit some photos I took for a client’s website. I was excited. Do you know what it feels like to wake up in the morning and feel genuinely, soul-nurturingly (not a word but go with it) excited about ‘working’? Man I have heard people say they love their job but as much as I enjoyed the satisfaction of completing my work in the past I have never been able to say my work excites me. Until now.
If ever there was a time I smiled on the inside, now is it. I still have my moments of anxiety wondering if I can make this work, but then I realise if others can, why can’t I? The only person telling me I can’t, is me. And I don’t welcome that kind of talk around here.
So, if you were ever planning on chasing your dreams, may I suggest you do it? Plan, write down your dreams, plan some more. Once you get it down on paper it becomes real. Don’t let the ideas swirl around in your head without traction, give them meaning, give them sense and make them your reality. Mingle with like-minded dream-chasing folk and encourage them as they encourage you. Seek inspiration. Be inspired. And above all, don’t ever tell yourself you can’t do it.
You can, if you truly want to.