To be or not to be- thoughts on intentional creation

TED talks are so very inspiring. If you haven’t stalked up on the goodness, please do. Start by googling “TED” and then watch everything that comes up.

But back to what I was saying- TED talks are very inspiring- but this is something I have to remind myself to forget, intentionally.

When it comes to watching the endless stream of videos on the site, my general tendency is to over-load, like watch all 150 new talks in as few days as possible, become filled with wonder and amazement at how the world is progressing at lightening speeds and how much intelligence everyone spews. Absorb. And then purge, forget it ever happened.

This is something I do so I can ponder my own intelligence, my own contribution to the world and how I can come up with something without the influence of someone else’s ideas. This, of course, is a task in and of itself because no one thing is separate from the whole. But — it is possible to sit in dumb silence, in meditation, in boredom and come up with things that are my own. Our own.

Now why do that, you might ask? Well it’s fairly simple — it’s so easy to get swept away by someone else’s doings that you forget you have grey matter of your own and then it’s just a matter of copying what’s already done. The flip-side of this argument is that great artists steal. Yeah they do. But not before they’ve thought about what they can do on their own first. I think it makes so much sense to steal ideas, but only once you’ve run out of options and ideas of your own. A wise man once told me to try, try harder. Fail, fail a hundred times, fall on your butt, scrape your knees but for crying out loud, try first.
It’s free, after all.

I wonder if there resides in all of us this innate need to keep doing what we’re doing, our habits of thought and action and repetition that we forget we can try and break the mould somewhere and accidentally stumble upon the creativity that resides in all of us. I wonder if we can tune out the creativity-killers who surround us on a daily, near hourly basis- teachers, parents, friends, TVs- whatever says that you need to stick to the 1–2–3 model of things.

Tomorrow, I’ll start my second day of persistent TED watching. I’ll watch every single video in the arts category, laugh at every single thing that’s funny, cry a little because I’ll see something that was so simple I’ll think I should have come up with that and then, tune out and forget. The day after tomorrow, I’ll try to come up with something that’s miniature, almost insignificant but in some way my very own creation. Now this is something you might call a habit too. In this routine, there lies the little germ of a seed called “trying”. Trying to try and, trying to move the walls of restraint and reality… and damn the walls if they don’t move by the time I’m done with them.

Then again, that’s just my take on doing things outside of my comfort zone.. maybe you’ve got a better plan for finding your creativity.

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Designer, strategist, asana instructor. Trend forecaster, product strategist. #bjjgirl @LizkaLearns on Instagram. Find me on LinkedIn too

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Elizabeth Bass

Elizabeth Bass

Designer, strategist, asana instructor. Trend forecaster, product strategist. #bjjgirl @LizkaLearns on Instagram. Find me on LinkedIn too

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