“Some of the most creative ideas of all time leaped out of a daydream. Our best ideas do not emerge when we are focused on a goal. ” – Scott Barry Kaufman.
This, for me at least, is very accurate. All of my half decent ideas come when I am sitting on a bus daydreaming about what my life will be like in ten years. This then inspires me to better my life and my brain goes in to creative overdrive.
Most of the time it eventually comes to be a short story, blog post or poem, but sometimes my creativity can only be expressed through a screen. I often take photographs when I am feeling creative because a picture is worth 1000 words and often I struggle to get my point across.
Tonight that is how I feel. That photo was taken on my iPod because I have no way to get the pictures from my DSLR up just now because my laptop isn’t working. No – I don’t feel like someone is holding a gun up to me, but I do feel like someone is holding me back from my full potential. That someone being ME.
Recently I haven’t been a “go getter” and have been mentally stopping myself from progressing in my career. It really does feel like the part of my brain that is telling me “go and be successful” is being held hostage by the part if my brain that tells me “you will never make it – stop now”.
This has been affecting my writing and creativity in general, I haven’t been daydreaming as much because of pressure and stress and have been feeling really unmotivated. This was up until a couple of weeks ago when my daydreams came back right along with my creativity.
I have been taking more photographs, writing more and even doing collages. Honestly, I couldn’t pin point the moment where everything changed, but I think It might have been when I interviewed Kaffe Fassett. His words alone spurred on a whole series of daydreams and inspired me to take my creativity by the hand and let t flow through me. Hopefully this will help me with bettering myself and my career.