Stay Alive, stay Creative. A Conversation with Myself

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 …

3 Responses to Stay Alive, stay Creative. A Conversation with Myself

  1. liam1950 says:

    Nothing new in the following, (my creativity gene is not well expressed)

    “It is in the shelter of others that the people live”

    The quality of your life is (I think) closely tied to the quality of the relationships that you have.

    The whole wellness schtick is very important, once you strip away all the woo-woo BS, and snake oil.

    Go well

    Liam
    (Depression sucks)

  2. Agree wholeheartedly. About the value (as well as the snake oil)!
    Regards
    Tudor

  3. Keith says:

    To remain creative in thought and deed is to expand the original concept of creative thinking developed within oneself. This is the very
    foundation upon which one feeds for new ideas to form. An author might decide to no longer produce books but unknowingly he is continuing to do so but in differing format. The art of writing is not lost but has evolved through creative thought transposed into audible dialogue supported by the written word

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