Just Showing Up & Creating…

The below interview caught my eye. I suppose it did because of a pact I made with myself earlier this year. June 3rd to be exact. I was on the plane heading back East and to what I knew was going to be a challenging situation. My parents, both unwell, needed help. I am an “only child” so it was going to be tough.

I prepared myself mentally on the plane. I asked myself what I could do to help keep me grounded and still feeling like me. “Write.” A voice told me to write everyday, no matter what. “And, write a poem everyday, no matter what.”

And that’s what I did. It was therapeutic to show up to my nightly ritual, but a little tougher to show up to the poem. But, I did it. And, it helped as I swirled around with my parents in a mix of doctors, hospitals, social workers, psychiatrists, home care, nurses, care facilities, and angelic friends. Sometimes it was one in the morning, in complete exhaustion that I arrived at my journal.

Actually, I’m surprised I fulfilled my pact. (Most of the poems are probably crap, but, you know, what? Some of them are kind of good.)

But more importantly, despite everything, is that I proved to myself that no matter what, if we just show up, we can create. Even if we don’t feel like it.

It’s time for me to return to that discipline. Want to join me? What do you think?

Creativity Is Hustle: Make Something Every Day

“Doing something start to finish each day not only helps you get over the fear of starting a project, but also the fear of finishing one,” explains Mike Winkelman, an animator and VJ known as Beeple, and creator of Flying Lotus’s “Kill Your Coworkers” music video. On May 1, 2007, he decided he was going to complete an art project every day. He hasn’t missed a day since — he calls his projects “everydays.”

Read the rest of the article by: Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

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  1. […] nightly, wrote an entry and a poem. Not all were works of art, but as I briefly speak about on my website, I showed up. And, it was good for […]

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