Day 15 – On Inspiration

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This image/quote popped up in a Facebook Group conversation today.  I saw the word “inspiration” and smiled to myself but that quickly faded as I read the entire quote.

I guess it ended up more like a bucket of cold water being dumped on my head.

This is what I do.  I “wait” for inspiration.  And I wait, and I wait, and I wait.  But what happens is absolutely nothing.  Nothing happens, nothing gets made, nothing gets written.  What does happen is everything collects dust and cob webs, including me (at least that’s how it feels in my mind).

I can honestly say that I more often than not, sit and wait for that storm of inspiration to come rolling in. Full of a deluge of sparks of creativity. That the clouds break with a crack of thunder and I’m struck fully by a bolt of creative lightning.  But yeah……..that never happens.

I need to learn the art of showing up. Whether it is at the easel, the art journal, the blog, the writing document or notebook, behind the camera.  There is not going to be any storm of inspiration, no whirlwind to sweep me off my feet in a bevy of creativity.  No I have to learn that it will only happen when I show up and put down one stroke, one mark, one word, one click of the shutter at a time.

What’s that other quote?  Creativity is like a muscle, if you don’t exercise it you will lose it. Or something like that.  Well…I haven’t been exercising much lately.  Recent events aside.  I have not shown up like should.  I could give you a long bullshit list of reasons why I don’t or haven’t shown up.  Most of the items on said list consist of some sort of fear whether real or imagined.  Memories of words said to me whether as a joke or snide remark.  It’s amazing how loud those voices can get when you want to be creative.  I haven’t gotten the courage to combat and defeat them fully or even a little yet.

I’m also starting to think that I need to put up or  in this case Show UP! or shut up.  Things won’t change if I don’t show up, things won’t change if I don’t try.

Circling back around to “If not now, then when?”

 

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