"I'm not a perfectionist at all. I find perfectionists boring because the real creative heart is in the mess somewhere." - David Morrissey
This year I've been doing some reflecting but I've also been pretty busy working on a brand new adventure; putting my Finding Your Creative Voice Course online. At first I was completely overwhelmed because the project seemed so large and I didn't even know where to begin. It was just a huge mess in my mind! I began to realize, I could either fight with this feeling and waist a lot of time and energy needing to perfectly understand and control every detail or I could just jump into the huge mess and play around.
This is what I teach my students to do after all, right? When we try to control every detail of a creative endeavor, it looses it's spark, it's fun and the greater possibilities of what could be if we let go a bit. Once we can start thinking..."what if...?" that's where the real fun begins.
In her article How to Mess up (Perfectly), Robin Landa shares her own experience with learning, "Believing you must master a visual art technique in order to utilize it might hamstring you. This is not to say we shouldn’t strive to dance Fosse’s choreographic style well or expertly or to excel at any image-making technique, design, or anything for that matter. It simply means being willing to daringly jump in advances one’s overall ability to think creatively, lessens risk aversion and fosters curiosity. If you think you need to do something perfectly in order to do it all, you are setting yourself up for frustration."
THIS IS WHAT YOU SEE
THIS IS THE PROCESS!
This year I've decided to try and embrace the messiness of life, whatever that looks like. Trusting your creative self enough to let go and explore is tough. But you will get it done, and it will be richer, fuller and have more soul if you give yourself time to play.
How are you embracing the mess?