The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by me!
There was a time that I was certain that I would have enough time to do everything I wanted to do in my life. Now, it seems that I won’t have enough time to do everything I want if I lived another 200 years. That realization is terribly troubling to creative people like you and me. We have so much to do, so much to prove and so much to create! But, like everything, there is a gift in getting older for the creative personality.
It is the gift of memory. By engaging with your memory your creativity has an unlimited supply of resources for inspiration when, during your day-to-day life, you might be finding it hard to focus or seem stuck for that lightning bolt of creative inspiration, a vision if you will, that will transport you to, and through, your next creative endeavor.
Sure, we all have flashes of what once was, maybe triggered by a smell, a sound, a taste, some old television show or song….but those kind of memories, no matter how sweet or bittersweet, are not enough to sustain the artist, the creative being, who uses all of her senses to process and produce her art in her medium of choice.
As an artist it is important that you learn to dig into your past and to revive the memories of people, places and things that have all contributed to who you have become. Like going to the gym to train muscles for body shaping, an artist needs to train themselves to be able to tap into their memories for inspiration and for bringing a personal texture into their art.
When you need a creative boost, when you need to feel inspired and motivated, when you are coming up dry with a direction for feel for your art, return to your past — your first childhood crush, your earliest disappointments, your young relationships. Don’t be afraid to jot down a few notes. The further back you go, and the more detailed you allow yourself to become involved, — invoking the feelings, smells, sounds, colors — the more rich and real the memory
The more you flex your memory muscles, the more you will continue to remember, perhaps taking you back, way back, to where you begin to regularly be in touch with the emotions that will propel you into new, daring and fulfilling creative results.
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