A dear friend, and my former English professor in college, suggested I read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert years ago. He and I are very alike as far as personalities and interests are concerned; we’re both a bit anxious, we both appreciate good theatre and deep conversations, and we’re both arguably certifiably insane if we aren’t being at least a bit creative (perhaps we’re both certifiably insane even if we are creating, but that’s besides the point haha) That’s why he wanted me to read this book in the first place; this book is all about the permission to live your creative life, and furthermore, the importance of living your creative life. I regret not reading it sooner.
It was on the flight from Cincinnati to Atlanta, the first of two flights that would eventually take Ted and I to our honeymoon destination, that I tucked into the pages of this book. I had an idea about its subject matter, and that’s why I chose it for the honeymoon. It seemed appropriate that at such a transitional period of my life, you know committing to spend said life with this one other person for its entirety, that I should take the time to re-explore myself, and my interests.
I feel like I’m constantly exploring myself and my life, and taking inventory of what I like about it, and what seems a bit archaic, or “not me”, and unloading accordingly. Like, the interests and obligations I have associated with my life are somehow cargo on a very weighted down ship, and I have to toss the excess overboard before I start taking on water, or things that are inauthentic, and a waste of my time.
Anyways, that’s why I finally decided to pick up this book. To self-examine, and to better understand the importance of not just acknowledging my creative interests, but admitting that ignoring them is a crippling hindrance to my self development.
My 5 Takeaways from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic
So, in conclusion, don’t make the mistake I did when I let this book lie on the shelf for months on end, mere ornamentation. Read it. The sooner you do, the better!