I had just turned twenty and could feel myself coming out of the fog that was adolescence and arriving with wide, curious eyes at the mouth of a great river which promised to lead me into the adventure of adulthood. To my parents’ dismay, I positioned myself for a career in arts, specifically theater, a major I had chosen because something about it made me feel more myself.
Absurd. How could one feel more themselves when they were acting like someone else? I wasn’t sure, I just knew my theater classes held more value than the simple subjects we were asked to study. Somehow, I found myself enveloped in lessons of life.
Being a theater major was a lifestyle. We didn’t just go to class. We had rehearsal and performances; we encouraged ourselves to experience life in unusual, intense ways. We pushed ourselves and each other. Theater was exciting.
Initially, I simply followed what the director told me to do, but before long, I realized I could expect certain things. I knew there would be mundane tasks like memorizing and waiting while others rehearsed their parts. I would experience great highs like discovering the one line that unlocked my character and the exhilaration a group of strangers nailing a particularly synchronistic performance. I knew there were times when the story being acted out on stage would come to life, and I began to realize that under that story if I listened carefully, I could hear an inner epic tale which played on as I managed the creative process.
As I turned twenty that year, I became more curious about the characters and plot of that inner story, which I began calling my Creativity World, than the stories being dramatized on stage. I discovered elements in theater’s creative process that mirrored the elements in other creative arts I was exploring. The biggest lesson from those early years in college came from the Creativity World. It helped me to understand why following that path had felt so dire even when others couldn’t understand its importance. I wasn’t just playing make believe, the dramatic arts served as a great teacher and have provided valuable practices for approaching the ultimate creative project, my very own life.
As I look into this next year of blogging and begin to craft my new blog home, this inner story will be part of my focus. I hope you will join me in exploring how the Creativity World works and how to best work it. I am looking forward to sharing my discoveries and supporting you as you gift this community with the ways creativity moves and breathes in your life.
Show and Tell
Do you have a creative project you are currently working on or just finished? Or one you might like to start? Let us know what is going on in your Creativity World. Even if what is going on is that you are dreaming about starting something special but just haven’t yet. We would love to see pictures and read your posts if you want to provide a link. Let’s create something awesome together.
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