I spent last Sunday indoors. While I’m usually pretty restless, I welcomed a lazy day and decided to spend the day on the couch. I had recently picked up Big Magic, a book about paying attention to the opportunities inspiration provides us and harnessing them to their full potential, and I figured this would be a perfect day to crack the cover. Little did I know, I’d nearly finish the book in eight hours. In this post, I aim to discuss the ways in which I’ve noticed Big Magic out in the wild and the importance of paying attention to inspiration when it knocks on your door.
In one of the sections, Liz talks about school, her personal relationship with education, and her practice with writing. The largest takeaway from this book, so far, is that of how personal one’s passion is. She writes not because she wants to read but because it’s the thing she must do.
“I don’t know how I feel about it until I’ve had a chance to write about it.”
She talks about her experience of becoming a novelist. Before the large book deals, she works the jobs she does not only to eat but also to gain life experience, the things she can’t get from a book. As a server, she’d keep one notebook for orders and another to keep track of conversations and to track dialects. As a bartender, she did the same. She’d travel and take notes. She’d ride the train and take notes. Over time, she inevitably acquired notebooks full of notes.
I encourage you to give yourself some space. Let yourself play a bit as you did when you were a kid when the stakes weren’t high. If you find yourself enjoying something, like really enjoying something, it could be your big magic opportunity knocking. If it’s truly something you enjoy, you won’t be able to get enough of it. It’ll become part of your identity, and you’ll be living your truth. And that is a truly beautiful and rare thing to find.
Is this you? Does this resonate with you? If it does, I wonder how it does. Do you know anyone like this? Is this you? Can you not get enough of your craft? I want to hear about your passion.
~ amelie, product manager