‘We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly’
-Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull- A story)
This quote came from a lovely fable by the gentleman above. The story itself is about a seagull who wanted to prove to himself and others that he could fly for fun and for progress. To be different from his flock even if that meant to work out of his comfort zone and be shamed by others.
In society we are looked at as mad until we succeed and this can force us not to try. It can keep us in jobs we hate and can stop us from being the best person we can be. What’s worse than regret. Would you not rather turn round and say you tried even if it fails?
I’ll admit that sometimes as a creative I can reach those points when you get a creative block or you can’t see you own progress that you feel like giving up.You feel that you may have wasted your time and you don’t see the point.
Here’s a few blogs that I read that may help you to beat that creative block-
Remember that you want to do your best and it doesn’t have to be quick. Success unfortunately comes from the hard work (unless you have loads of money) and very rarely comes quickly. Think back to all the great artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and all the great musicians like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Mozart and Beethoven . Those creatives didn’t get recognised properly for years but they did leave a lasting impression.
So take your time.
- Make a mood board
- Put together small lists
- Take a walk and figure out what it is that inspires you
- Write down why you love what you do
- Take a photograph
- Go somewhere new
These are just a few things that can help you when you’re stuck in that rut. Don’t give up. You do what you love because you love it. Just find that thing that made you fall in love with it in the first place.
We’re all here to do great things
Thanks for taking your time to read this. I’d love to hear what helps you when your head feels a little cloudy 🙂