Yeah, yeah, I know. Another long period between blog posts and another promise not to wait so long. I’ve been lacking any sense of creativity lately and today’s post is my epiphany about it.
But, sometimes, a topic will grab a hold of me and I can’t let it go until I write about it but sometimes I need to spend a lot of time thinking and meditating on that topic. And that’s okay. In fact, the last time this happened, it was something that Tony, one of my Polarizing Images co-hosts, said on another podcast, This Ain’t Iowa. I couldn’t get it out of my damn head and, after talking with Tony about it, our podcast was born.
Is Creativity For the Young?
Out of tough thoughts and ideas often comes great insight.
I’ve been struggling with whether I got into the art game too late in life. I look at people like my sister’s step-kids. Both have attended film school and have an artistic genius that I am in awe of. Both of them have talent and, realizing that they are in the infancy of their film careers, I start questioning myself and what I am bringing to the art world. Is it good? Is it meaningful? Is it pure shit? And having just gone through a bad recession where art sales and wedding bookings took a nose dive sure as hell didn’t help.
Then two things happened.
First, I came across this TED video featuring Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray Love. It’s a wonderfully inspiring talk on nurturing creativity. It’s just over 19 minutes but, please, it’s 19 minutes that will be well spent. She talks about a lot of the same feelings I have and does so eloquently. The fact that we are about the same age makes her words all the more relevant for me. Here’s the video:
Is it rational… is it logical that anybody should be expected to be afraid of the work that they feel they were been put on the earth to do? – Elizabeth Gilbert
Then, after the last podcast of PI, Peter (of our listeners) commented:
Hello Zen Photo Masters, Another great cast of pod. I always have taken snaps just for fun. I do dream of maybe being a great artist someday. I am 53 , Georgio O’keefe didn’t start painting till she was much older. Still hope for us old peeps… maybe with all my life experience I can see the world in a whole new way.
That’s when I realized that the real question, for me, isn’t whether or not I am too old, but am I still young enough to experience freedom from the creative rigidity that adults fall into?
Nope, Creativity Can Be Accessed by Everyone – Even Me
Yeah, I am. Once I truly accept that the rigidity comes from complacency and not some weird societal expectation, then I can bust my way through it. When, during daylight hours, I can feel as excited about an artistic vision that I had during the night, then I’ll truly be free to explore.
Hell yeah, I am only 43 years old right now; I have 10 years on Georgia O’Keefe.