This week I’ve been feeling a little stuck creatively. A combination of writer’s block, a super hectic work schedule and some negative self-talk quickly led to this feeling of frustrated panic.
Creativity needs room to breathe and I think I was suffocating it – instead of respecting its natural rhythm, I was trying to force it into my already jam-packed schedule and factor it into my ever-growing “to do” list. The inner control freak in me was in minor meltdown. How (and where!) did I lose that creative drive that I had the week before?
So, I did what anyone looking for answers would do – I turned to google. And I found the inspiration I needed in this article – The Most Innovative People Under 40.
While I sipped my chai tea, I read about the inventors of cronuts and Instagram, the founders of “community marketplaces” like Air BNB and the CEOs of companies like Yahoo, Uber and H&M. All young, driven and seemingly ordinary people that managed to do extraordinary and innovative things through an unwavering resolve to make it work.
You would think that all these stories of high achieving innovators would be overwhelming and send me further down the spiral of I’m-not-good-enough-why-bother. And you’re not exactly wrong. I often need to remind myself that “comparison is the thief of joy“. But I actually found solace in the “endings” of these stories of once hopeful and ambitious twenty-somethings. I imagined them all having pushed through some sort of barrier (whether it was creative, emotional, physical, educational) to make it this far and was reminded of one of my favourite quotes:
If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
Suddenly, I felt the weight shift and I became unstuck again – in a good way, the best way. It could have been the chai tea but the frustrated panic soon subsided to calm optimism – I had rediscovered that pocket of motivation and inspiration that I needed. The scariness was a good thing and a reminder that I’m on the right path – my own path, with all its unique bumps and curves ahead. Thanks Google!
Picture from Walking Through Wonderland – another inspiring blog!