BIG MAGIC


CREATIVE LIVING WITHOUT FEAR


Elizabeth Gilbert did a beautiful job of elegantly and plainly communicating what creativity is. And that is, anything to anyone. So to the creative high-brows I say, have a seat. And to those who have doubted their creative selves, pull up a chair.

She goes on to speak about her struggles as a writer and how even though she'd already had two books published she kept her day job. She didn't feel comfortable letting her creative self take on all the responsibility of making and income for them. She refers to that part of her personality as its own entity, and I think it's amazing.

There were many instances throughout the book where I found myself loudly saying, "Yes! exactly." One matter that stuck out to me, in particular, was that of stigma writers, and creative types have had for centuries. That is the issues of alcoholism, drug abuse, and depression.

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”-  Elizabeth Gilbert

Many writers and artist who have been held in high regard speak of how their passion kills them and how they find themselves more creative when in this state of "darkness."

The realist and practical me can't help but roll her eyes every time. The compassionate me rolls her eyes a little bit too. This way of thinking continues to plague both young and old into thinking we won't reach our true potential until we go to this dark place where the pain and torture spew amazing work.

To that, I say, bologna! And Elizabeth Gilbert agrees with me here. What we need is to understand that there is no need for that. Plenty of renown artist were neither drunks, depressed or womanizers. That is another point. Most of these folks were men.

So there you have it if you want to fill some time with a quality book. This book is it, and if you're like me, you'll probably loan this book to a friend and pass on the beauty that is "Big Magic." By the way, Elizabeth Gilbert left her day gig after Eat, Pray, Love became a massive hit.

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