Chapter 4 – Note 1 | Creative

Chapter 4 – Note 1 | Creative

 

I knew in that moment that my life’s trajectory had been set. “That’s for me.” I said in my little head and cherished the notion from that point forward.

But I also had a transformational epiphany at that point. One that far overshadowed my lifetime career choice. I also realized in that moment that this really cool creative talent thing was coming from somewhere else. It just happened and flowed through my fingers and onto the paper (and the surrounding table and sometimes the wall if I was feeling particularly free and unencumbered.) But the point was: it was coming from a transcendent source. Some place “other than” me. I had control of it, but not really. If I tried to grasp it too firmly, it would melt into vapor and float away through my fingers.  I could only hold it in the gentlest of terms and let it, not me, pour forth the beauty. It became my best friend and also my most extraordinary friend.

It wasn’t until much later that I figured out, because of this creative thing that I had, that other people don’t think like I do. Or see the world the same way as I do. But, the creative thing was different and identical, all at the same time.

“How does that work?” I wondered. Then I looked more closely at the similarities between my “creative thing,” and other people’s. They had creative expressions that I marveled at and yet, they marveled at mine. Music, for instance. I could be a very technically proficient player of an instrument, but I’m not sure I could ever be a musician. They amaze me. They just think and the music flows with such beauty and emotion that I become transfixed in the moment. They simply are and the music flows out from them. They don’t even think about it. It’s nothing short of miraculous. After numerous attempts at playing an instrument (recorder, accordion, violin, piano, 5-string banjo) I decided I would never be a musician. They have something very special that I don’t have. So, I stuck to the only instrument I was good at; I play the radio.

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