“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou
I love everything about this quote. I often find it to be true. When I am creative, when I am doing things like writing every day or singing or playing music, more creativity comes easy. Ideas cascade into my view sometimes faster than I can write them down. Everything around me shines with possibility.
And when I’m not creative- when I’ve gotten so busy or too stressed or distracted, my ideas tend to dry up. I stare at a blank page for days, or worse yet, I spend a couple of hours creating something only to realize it’s not working and have to delete the whole thing. It’s a common experience, lots and lots of creatives go through dry spells. But it can feel isolating and like everyone around me is still brimming with interesting ideas while I’m sitting in the desert waiting for an oasis to pop up and rescue me.
One of the ways I love to get my creativity up and running again is to watch other people’s creativity. People who are inspired and interesting, unusual in what they are offering get my creativity pumping. So, I thought I’d share a couple with you- I hope you find them as inspiring as I do:
Brushy One String – For everyone who has ever felt that not having the perfect instrument or tools holds them back.
Shane Koyczan – His words, his presentation, the music -all of it, inspired.
Bobby McFerrin – OMG- I mean really, Bobby McFerrin.
Boyan Slat – This teen may have found the solution to one of our greatest environmental challenges.
Do you have people who inspire your creativity? Add them in the comments.
This is blog post #11 in the National Blog Posting Month challenge.