I finally got around to watching this TED Talk by Amy Tan about where creativity lies. She makes some great points about the serendipitous nature of creativity that really resonated with me so I thought I would share. If you have 20 minutes and are so inclined:
Life is good right now. In fact, life is great. I feel awesome, am back in a schedule doing so many things I love: writing lots, teaching yoga, practicing yoga, hanging out with friends and my best friend and life-mate, good old Mr. Peters. I'm just really grateful to be right here.
I'm feeling really good about the revisions I'm going through in this next draft of my book and confident that I'll be done with this draft very soon. Then...(duh, duh, duh) it will truly be time to send it out! It's taken me a LONG TIME to get even close to this stage (much longer than most writers I think, from what I read in the blogosphere), but I haven't given up! It's been a good 10 years since I committed to the idea of writing stuff for people to read and I'm really thrilled I've kept at it.
Yesterday I was in a bathroom and I cam across this:
Thoreau's quote made me smile because, after all this time, I can't believe that's still the direction I'm going in. I've had a lot of help and a lot of love from people to keep me on track, but reading this I'm reminded that patience really pays off. I haven't realized a lot of my dreams yet, but because I'm going in their direction I feel like I'm living them. And when I'm out of my head and in my body, when I'm breathing in the present moment, I realize that if you're living any stage of your dream, in some facet you're already there.
So, my dear ones, GO CONFIDENTLY! You may just end up realizing the life you've imagined for yourself is happening right now.