Yesterday, I talked about the ‘inner critic’ and how it tries to squelch the creative spirit. It’s often a tough fight – a slug fest even, between creativity and the critic, but the creative spirit is strong, and wants to be heard.
There’d been a bit of a slugfest going on inside of me about a shot I just wouldn’t take. I kept getting the ‘nudge’ – that gentle internal push to pull out the camera, but the louder voice was the ‘inner critic’ questioning the shot. Convincing me that it just wasn’t worth taking.
So, I didn’t take it. Until one day, I did. Not sure why. Not sure what shifted. But, I took the shot.
Now, I wasn’t sure if the photo was any good, but I learned ‘good’ wasn’t really the point. The point was ‘honouring the creative urge – giving it voice, giving it space, and seeing where it leads’.
Here’s the thing – I remember how I felt when I took the shot. It felt great! I was excited to see how it would turn out. And, I relaxed. And, I think it got the creative juices going. I took some more shots afterwards. Shots of things I’d never noticed before. And, I had fun.
So, where did that creative urge lead?
To seeing new things. To more creative energy. To more joy.
It was a doorway. Literally and figuratively.
The literal doorway is above. I’d passed it many times before but had never seen it. It was the very next shot I took.
Honour the creative urge…
Lesson learned. Door – opened.