Monday Motivation

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

-Ray Bradbury

I think this is one of my favourite quotes, and what I struggle with constantly. Being self- conscious, over-thinking, when I really want abandon. Abandon at the canvas, abandon at the page, abandon in singing. I recognize when I’m hesitating, when self consciousness tightens its strangle hold. And I recognize the antidote: To act! No matter the outcome! Have the courage to suck, and suck some more! Dare to be lousy!

But then I get self conscious. Sigh.

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Recovering Creative

I live on a tiny island on the Canadian west coast with about 300 of my neighbours. I am a Red Seal chef and certified baker (retired), an artist, an amateur photographer. I write, (unpublished so hesitate to call myself A Writer) sing, and can bang out some reasonable sounding chords on a guitar. And I grow a veggie garden. Older, wiser, and armed with insights and experience, I am on a conscience pursuit of reclaiming my creative life. I see it as a career change. Next level.

5 thoughts on “Monday Motivation

  1. Love this! Except, Mr. Bradbury is speaking to you artistic folks, who may be lousy when restrained, but glorious when released. We, who know we are not blessed, still need to think before putting our best efforts out there, for the good of others.

    1. Hi Marilee, This next reply is in response to your most recent comment to our linking up. I write it here because as I was responding to your original comment I inadvertently deleted your entire comment post!
      So to carry on- I am happy also to have connected, I’ve a fascination with history and the people that lived, many great stories to tell, the great Slide for instance! The Coal industry certainly has taken its toll on your family, and I have wondered why Nanaimo hasn’t erected a prominent sculpture to the miners- rather than Frank Ney- or why there isn’t an annual commemorative event. The sacrifices were many; that the city should embrace that which built the city. Thank you for engaging and I look forward to reading more on your posts ~ cheers!

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