This week, a cousin asked how I get inspired to do my various projects. I replied that I’m not really certain how it happens. I went on to say that I’m reluctant to analyze the process because over-analysis puts the kibosh on what I wish to encourage. I’m quite prone to what’s commonly known as “analysis paralysis”, so I try not to analyze the creative process, nor purposely try to encourage it.
Inspiration is more like going with the flow. Maybe I get a wild hair (which happens often). As long as it’s something that’s not unethical nor illegal, I try it out to determine whether or not it suits me. Of course, I used to be have more daring-do with physical activities during my youth. Now, I push the envelope regarding more sedate pursuits. I don’t like to put limits on possibilities, though.
The cousin pointed at one of my floral projects and asked if this philosophy applied to my hobby because the arrangement was so basic. I replied that I really like spider mums and decided to showcase one within a “flowing” microenvironment. The process was 100-percent wild hair. I didn’t care whether or not it conformed to conventional floral design theory. The arrangement simply fell into place, almost on its own.
I suppose an easy answer as to how to discover inspiration is to simply pay attention to what’s going on around you. Perhaps go outdoors for awhile and mentally merge with nature while you’re there. Something may attract your attention and thus trigger the creative impulse. Oftentimes, just being within a different place, allows the mind to expand. Beyond this advise, I’m reticent to prescribe a “how-to” list of techniques to follow. Just go with the flow and merge with the process.
If you get stuck, don’t worry about it. Simply drop the project for awhile and busy yourself with mundane tasks. Have faith in yourself. You’re more plucky than you believe. You have more talent than you give yourself credit for. Just let go and be yourself when the moment strikes.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”