Stay Alive, stay Creative. A Conversation with Myself

September 2, 2022

I recently thought differently about something important to me. As its importance is only to myself, I would see it as an example of everyday creativity.  

To share it with others, I posted it on Twitter, and started a note about the idea and how it began to suggest more ideas. The note turned into a conversation with myself.

The Tweet 

What’s the best way to retain your love of life? Give your everyday creativity every chance to flourish.

The Conversation with Myself

At risk of sounding pretentious –

You are sounding pretentious.

I’ll ignore that remark. I found creativity early in my working life. 

You are still sounding pretentious. Why don’t you add … ‘I suppose creativity found me’? 

So how should I explain what I mean?

Quit the health and wellness stuff. Get a bit more personal.

Good call. Let’s see. Take the time I was feeling a bit down on my birthday. Way down. 

Understandable, it was your eightieth. Thoughts turning to shuffling off the mortal coil, no doubt.

Sort of. As if I was heading for a creative black hole. Yes, and the feeling of emptiness. Then I made a decision, And that led to another one.

Go on, that’s better.

First, I’m going to give up writing books.

That’s the most negative thought you could have had. 
Probably not. I had some other pretty black ideas. But then!

…You rediscovered creativity and things started looking better.

Sort of. Instead of thinking what I wasn’t going to do in future, I saw what I was going to do.

You discovered podcasting.

That, and more. I made the connection. Loss of creativity. Feelings of depression. Rediscovering creativity. Feelings of elation. Feeling alive. Life’s worth living sort of stuff. In the zone. The inner child released.
A bit over the top?

That’s right. 

It’s still a bit of a leap to start spouting about a life-enhancing moment.

I need to sneak in a few theoretical ideas which I’m finding important.


Now that’s super-pretentious. You’re getting away from your immediate direct experiences into academic speculation. 

I was coming to that …