Dr. Seuss warned me long ago to not get stuck waiting. I didn’t know he was warning me at the time, but don’t they say always 20/20 in hindsight or something? There’s a time for everything, waiting is just tricky. Mainly because there are so many other contributing factors which help determine if waiting is the best course of action in a given moment.
Inspiration is one thing that I will no longer wait for because waiting for inspiration to hit is just code for procrastinating. I attended a writing class yesterday and it turned out to be the highlight of my day. Being surrounded by my tribe, those with like minds and similar interests and shared passions fueled my creativity. I fed off of their energy and my commitment to mastering my craft was strengthened.
In “The Artist’s Way,” Julia Cameron offers a variety of activities meant to liberate the artist within. One of the suggested activities is treating yourself to an Artist’s Date. It’s time spent with yourself and with the intention of feeding your creativity. For me yesterday it was that writing class. Sometimes it’s just going to live music or spoken word. I place myself in an environment which increases the possibility of inspiration hitting me instead of filling my life with meaningless activities and telling myself that I’m waiting for inspiration to hit. When I do this, there is no need to wait.
Are you waiting for something that you can make happen? Are you waiting to react instead of acting as a catalyst? What if you didn’t wait? What if when you finished reading this you went out and did something to bring about the results you desired? How would that feel? How would your life change?
Although the new year is a good time to jump on the bandwagon of making changes, realize that you are not bound to this time frame. One of the beauties of life is that in any moment that we choose to change something, we can. Stop waiting for something to happen and make it so. If it will enhance your life, it’s worth going after.
– Desi “Don’t Ever Say Impossible”