Summary: The second book to Me Before You, (now made into a movie-which was quite nice by the way) explores the like of the protagonist Lou and how she lives life after the events in the first book.Read More
Well hellooo there!
As part of a fantastic 2016, one of the goals I made for myself was to start reading more books. And boy, am I doing that.
I read practically every day, and use almost all the spare time I get, to read.
I read on my way to work, back from work, while waiting for a friend, while eating lunch, while heading out for a meeting, and just before falling asleep, I have made a commitment to read more because I truly feel that reading is a fantastic habit. And a str*ss buster (hint: fill it with a ‘e’). And it just helps you feel a little more connected with yourself, and disconnected from the things that bother you.
I want to tell you about the books which strike a chord with me. If you find them interesting, you may give them a shot too.
This week, we will be talking about Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
What is it about?
Big Magic is a book about finding creativity and living that creative life. A lot of myths are debunked, facts are explained and philosophy is exchanged on how you should perceive creativity and harness it from (believe it or not) the universe. I loved how she describes certain ideals in a very conversational, yet meaningful manner. As if she were speaking to you over a cup of hot chocolate.
She explains the process of creative thinking, with relevant examples and stories from her experiences as a writer. How she formulated the process of coming up with a ‘big’ idea, through the reasoned workings of a bigger power she terms as ‘big magic’.
Fascinating isn’t it?
So, for some added inspiration, here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.
- Keep your eyes open. Listen. Follow your curiosity. Ideas are constantly trying to get our attention. Let them know you are available.
- One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can ever find them.
- We are lucky that inspiration talks to us at all; it’s too much to ask that it also explain itself.
- This is how I want to spend my life- collaborating with forces of inspiration that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand.
- Your own reasons to make art are reason enough. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
- I never asked writing to be easy, I only asked writing to be interesting.
- Your creative work is not your baby; if anything, you are its baby.
- Pure creativity is something better than a necessity; it’s a gift. It’s the frosting. Our creativity is a wild and unexpected bonus from the universe.
- It’s okay if your work is fun for you, is what I’m saying. It’s also okay if your work is healing for you, or fascinating for you, or redemptive for you, or if it’s maybe just a hobby that keeps you from going crazy. It’s even okay if your work is totally frivolous. That’s allowed. It’s all allowed.
- Because the truth is, I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment—not entirely human in its origins.
And I couldn’t agree more.
Why should you read it?
You should read it because:
It wonderfully explains how you can harness creativity by simply being aware of your surroundings.
It explains the process of creative thinking, the challenges we face and how we can overcome them.
And most importantly, it treats creativity as a living thing. She embodies the intangibility of creativity into something that has thoughts and feelings of its own. And how you should treat it respectfully so it can work with you to unleash your talents on the world.
How epic is that?
May creativity hit you square in the face with a smile,