I started Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic on Sunday evening and had finished it by Monday evening – which is a rare feat for me. It’s a heart warming piece that offers a fresh perspective on creativity, and living a creative life. I like that Gilbert views ‘creative living’ as following that which inspires you. Whatever that may be. Whether you are a professional writer of creative fiction or whether you are someone working in another field whilst pursuing your love of ice-skating on the weekends. Gracefully, Gilbert puts the same level of importance on both of these pursuits.
As someone who is heavily involved in music, I feel that this book allowed me to think about my pursuits in a more playful and healthy way, without diminishing their significance. I feel that this book would be a great read for someone spending a lot of time pursuing their art, but also, just as much, someone looking to start a new hobby, or someone looking to take a step forward in exploration. In the modern world we can tend to describe creative pursuits, paid or not, as frivolous and unworthy. But as humans, we were creating art on cave walls 50,000 years, while in comparison, significant advances in agriculture were only achieved in the last few thousand years. It is evident that art and creativity have been with us for a long time.
Creativity, and the inspiration urging us to follow this creativity, run deep within us. In you, and me, and the rest of us...
I hope you also enjoy reading this book!
See below for a Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert on a similar topic.