“I fed it good food.”

What Do You Do With an Idea?

I’m currently building up a library for my son in hopes that one day he’ll have a love for reading as I do. While perusing a book store one day, I came across one written by Kobi Yamada and beautifully illustrated by Mae Besom titled What Do You Do With an Idea? Now I know that I’m an adult and that supposedly children’s books are for, well, children. However, as a creative, this book really caught my attention. I’ll share some text with you as a point of reference:

“This is MY idea, I thought. No one knows it like I do. And it’s okay if it’s different, and weird, and maybe a little crazy. I decided to protect it, to care for it. I fed it good food. I worked with it, I played with it. But most of all, I gave it my attention.”

Now, if that isn’t something profound then I must be bonkers. I love that stories like this are out there. (You should totally buy this book.)

As creatives we tend to harbor ideas- SO MANY IDEAS. We’re just wired that way. But often times… we think they’re not important, not good enough, not ‘likeable” enough. I really feel like social media, among others things, has taken away our confidence a little bit. We constantly compare our thoughts and our work with what we have seen and come away feeling like maybe we should not have majored in Fine Arts or Music or Design or Film, etc. because there are a “HECK of a lot of better ideas out there.” I myself have been running in that hamster ball for years. Luckily I have had a lot of support from my husband and family — and that has gotten me through months of creative drought and doubt. But not everyone has that.

SO I’m here to tell you

STOP. You stop that thinking RIGHT NOW.

You throw that paint on that canvas. You make that documentary that you’ve been dreaming about for years. You create that logo that you think would be better suited for the company than what it has currently. You go take those pictures of that historical site because you find it beautiful. You go write that piece of music. You dance your heart out.

And you know what? No one may ever see it. Or admire it. But guess what?

THAT’S OKAY.

Because you didn’t do it for them. You did it to fulfill a commitment you made to yourself. Because your beautiful, wonderful soul CREATED THAT. YOU carried that idea, you planned it out and you executed it. Like a boss. How does that make you feel? You SHOULD feel awesome. And I hope that next time you start feeling all bummed out, that you remember you’re not alone. We’re creatives. We go through periods like this. I’m here for you. There are others that will be there for you as well.

So carry on, you brilliant human being. And never stop creating. Ever.

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