Happy Wednesday, dearies! This week we are discussing the third part of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert; Permission. Also, if you missed last week's post you can check it out and download the free 5x7 printable shown in the picture below! Let's dig in.
This weeks section was something I really needed in my life. The basic gist of it is that we need to give ourselves permission to live creatively. I have a huge problem with fighting against my own creativity. I let it fall by the wayside while I am buried in parenting and home management responsibilities - or sometimes just exhaustion. I minimize my abilities because I'm not professional trained in them and almost no one that I know is in a creative business. I just tend to defeat my excitement before I even recognize it.
This week I don't want to do my usual long post because I want to direct it more towards the act of giving myself permission. This chapter in Big Magic was about seeing your own validation without worrying about others' ascribing it to you. I create because it's what I like to do. I write because I enjoy it. You do whatever your creative passion is because it makes you happy. No other reason is necessary. Degrees or training don't mean anything. In running, we always say, "It doesn't matter how fast or slow your pace is - a 15 minute mile is the same distance as a 6 minute mile." Don't compare yourself to others or rest your value in someone else's hands. Gilbert goes on just giving 50 pages of encouragement (that for me was very much so needed) so that at the end of the chapter I am ready to say this out loud and proud:
I am a designer. I am a writer. I am a teacher. I am a mother. And I'm fucking great.
I am the creator of things that are frivolous and unnecessary to life. And that's okay. I'm proud of what I make and it makes me happy even if I never sell a single thing. The act of making it and choosing to create this business and showing my creations proudly is so validating on it's own. I won't always remember this, and it'll be a struggle some days, but I'll keep working to remind myself that my intention is to create things that make me happy. Not make a million dollars doing it. I'm not that person. Making money is the fringe benefit of being able to spend my life creating things I enjoy and fill me.
Who are you? What do you do? Are you ready and capable of owning it proudly and giving yourself permission to go after those creative dreams without the pressure and negativity? That's what this week's chapter is about. Give yourself the "creative entitlement" to exist in the world without critiquing yourself. Enjoy your creativity with abandon.
I hope you're having an awesome week and I'll see you next Wednesday for the new post of Annotated Inspiration.