:: today I've been researching some new books to inspire me and I happily discovered 'Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear' by Elizabeth Gilbert. I found this quote from her book so enlightening, I couldn't resist sharing!... so I hope it's helpful to you too
"I think a lot of people quit pursuing creative lives because they’re scared of the word interesting. My favorite meditation teacher, Pema Chödrön, once said that the biggest problem she sees with people’s meditation practice is that they quit just when things are starting to get interesting. Which is to say, they quit as soon as things aren’t easy anymore, as soon as it gets painful, or boring, or agitating. They quit as soon as they see something in their minds that scares them or hurts them. So they miss the good part, the wild part, the transformative part – the part when you push past the difficulty and enter into some raw new unexplored universe within yourself. And maybe it’s like that with every important aspect of your life. Whatever it is you are pursuing, whatever it is you are seeking, whatever it is you are creating, be careful not to quit too soon. As my friend Pastor Rob Bell warns: “Don’t rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you.” Don’t let go of your courage the moment things stop being easy or rewarding. Because that moment? That’s the moment when interesting begins."
I am so thankful for the days where I get to explore the beautiful English countryside, immerse myself in creativity and enjoy the simple moments of joy that I can create and surround myself with. Photography (and being creative in general) is such an important part of my life because it forces me to be braver and believe in myself. Of course, I'd be lying if I said I don't have days where I feel lost or doubt the journey I've taken (and trust me, I have a lot of those ) - but perhaps that's part of why I've never left my pursuit for a creative life behind. The mistakes I make encourage me to discover another way to achieve my goals and I honestly can't imagine my life without creativity grounding me. #whpthankful