Creative Life

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

Joseph Campbell

I chose this quote tonight because I appreciate Campbell’s work. It makes me think a couple things. First that it is quite a biblical statement. He’s more well read than I am but I know for sure this is an idea within the Christian belief system. The second thing is that it’s frustrating to hear. We spend large portions of our lives knowing exactly what we want and how we will get there and a lot of us do it just that way. But

What’s interesting is that the creative life calls us to live differently from the norm. Creatives spend their lives being doubted and told to get a “normal job.” And that the craft they’ve been called to is just a hobby. And it stays that way until the world approves. When you plan to live the creative life, you must plan to lose whatever it is the entire world expects of you. (It’s very similar to the idea of choosing or being chosen to walk the Christian life)

To end this, I wanted to share. I spent today cleaning and listening to youtube videos about creativity and writing and came across this:

Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

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