Today, while waiting for Jiffy Lube to finish with my emissions test and inspection, I popped on over to Travelingmama to read Tina’s latest post on creative spaces. What a joy that post was! Not only was it fun to take a look at Amy Butler’s gorgeous studio, but it also started me thinking about a number of things. Too many things to simply post in a comment. (Although my comment on her post, then Sarah’s response were what really got me going!)
In her post, Tina said: “If only creativity were contagious and we could simply “catch” a bit just from standing near it!”
What if creativity really is contagious? I know that before I started participating in design challenges and blogging, I only made a card when I needed one. But the first time I saw one of Kristina’s Color Inspiration Challenges, I just had to try it myself! I think it was a bit like yawning–reflexive. And the more I saw what you wonderful people were creating, the more I wanted to create. Not only to fulfill the urge to explore different colors, textures, and shapes–a need that I’ve come to think of as primal–but to be part of the online crafting community.
“If only creativity were contagious and we could simply “catch” a bit just from standing near it!”
But wanting to do something and actually doing it are quite different things. After all, if I did everything that I wanted to do, I’d know how to surf. I admire people who can surf so much, and I dream of being able to do it. There’s something about the idea of riding the waves that speaks to my soul. However, you don’t see me at the gym working out to get in the physical shape to do it. And I’m saving up to go to Comicon next year, not to go to surf camp.
So what is it that moves someone from simply appreciating someone and what they do to being inspired by them–motivated to act in some way?
Sarah put it really well. Is it the “desire to succeed? To compete? To simply finish something?”
I’ve been thinking about this all afternoon, and I think I have my answer.
I started participating in design challenges during a period in my life of what could only be described as entropy. Layoffs at my work had been announced, but we didn’t know when they would occur or how many of us were going to be let go. We couldn’t start new projects or implement any of the ideas we’d been generating. We slowed down on the projects that were underway, if we didn’t stop work on them altogether. At home, Chris and I couldn’t move forward on the house–we didn’t know if I would lose my job and we would need the money that we’d set aside. So we all waited, and things felt like they were folding in around me. Stagnating.
“[Is it the] desire to succeed? To compete? To simply finish something?”
And then I was inspired.
I moved from simply appreciating the work that Kristina did–that all of you do–to needing that creative outlet in my life. What moved me was such a simple thing! It was the simple need to move and to grow in some way; the need to be passionate about something. I suppose that’s the need to create.
So what moves you?