Two ideas convinced me that doing creative work was valid. And not only valid, but in a way, necessary.
The first came from Kayla Albert, who shared that the best way we can express gratitude for our existence is to live a good life in which we are happy and fulfilled.
Pursuit of creative work, put into perspective with this lens, is not something that’s selfish or unimportant or useless. Creative work is my way to show my appreciation for being here, because through creative work I utilize my particular gifts and skills.
Through creative work, I feel happy. I live a better life.
The second idea came from Elizabeth Gilbert, through her book Big Magic.
(If you haven’t read this yet, I suggest doing so as soon as possible. Go find it at your library or purchase it via the OTR Library — it’s a cornerstone piece of content that we believe is a must-read.)
Gilbert points out that art came before agriculture in human history. That’s powerful stuff. It means humans valuedcreating over finding organized, sustainable ways of feeding themselves.
Creative work is our human legacy. Our creativity allowed us to become who we are. And who am I to say that such work is invalid?
If you struggle to embrace creativity — in doing creative work, or living a creative life — these two ideas will help you accept it as legitimate. We are all creative. We should all create.