Somewhere in the last couple of years, I decided I wouldn’t wait anymore for the “time to be right”. And it wasn’t some sort of creativity advice that along the lines of “just do it”.
We all know the deepest desires are sprinkled all over our history. If you go into your journals, your blogs, your photos you will find them in their purest form.
Even if you go through the magazines you’ve bought, or your Pinboards, everything is bursting with desire, and not the material kind, but the desire of doing.
I often wonder why we postpone what we want to do the most. The easiest answer is because: work comes first, kids come first, career, etc.
Talking to a friend who dreams of working with vintage furniture to renovate and remodel, she kept saying: maybe, one day. She works full time, she has two little kids, she gets up at 5:00 a.m. each morning.
Is the desire strong? will she ever do it? She’s good at it. She re-upholstered chairs in her home and they’re beautiful.
I tell her, it doesn’t have to be a full blown project. You can take ONE day a month to do a small piece. Take that day.
Maybe she would be unable to do a 100 day project, but she could do 12 chairs a year.
At the end of the year, if she wished to take it further she would have a body of work to start from.
This isn’t creativity advice
If I’d read this a year ago from someone else. I might have nodded in agreement but it wouldn’t have made me embark on 100 days of imaginary animals.
This happened because I didn’t want to wait until retirement, which is when most people embark on their creative endeavors.
But mostly, I was inspired by this tweet.
Remember that woman on her 100th birthday, said her one regret was not taking up violin at age 60. “I’d have been playing for 40 years”
— Seriouspony (@seriouspony) July 21, 2014
If this doesn’t make you start doing what your personal history has been trying to get you to do, then I don’t know what will.