Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Published: 22 September 2015
Elizabeth Gilbert I love youuuuuuu *Fan girl scream*.
This has got to be one of the best books on creativity I’ve read. Seriously. If you have not read this book I have a few wise words for you – run to your local bookstore and buy it NOW!
You won’t regret it. Trust me.
My copy of this book has been ear tagged the whole way through (and this is coming from a girl that doesn’t condone the ear tagging of books). There are some beautiful and eye opening ideas in this book that really give meaning to the quote “The mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions”.
One of my favourites is:
The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
Elizabeth Gilbert urges us to live a creative life. But why? Well, as she puts it:
A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.
And who doesn’t want that? Isn’t this what we’re all really here for?
But more importantly than urging us to live a creative life, she instills some valuable lessons on how to do it, and here are just a few:
- don’t strive for perfectionism, just get it done
- stop being afraid
- you don’t need to come up with something original and unique, its unique by default that it’s never been done before by you
- don’t ever stop working on your creativity, even if if that is just 5 minutes a day
- don’t put pressure on yourself to make a living from your creativity
But to yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.
I urge you to read this book. If there is just one book that you pick up this year, make it this one. It will enchant you, inspire you and open your eyes to a whole new way of thinking about living a creative life.