Your imagination allows you to create characters out of thin air, come up with get-rich-quick schemes, and envision a life involving tiger cubs as pets. However, it’s also responsible for reminding you of possible hardships you’ll encounter along the way. It will conjure up every single reason why your idea is terrible and will never work and is destined for failure. To effectively use your imagination, it has to be coupled with action.
Sadly, the two are not natural friends. Action thinks Imagination is lazy and neurotic. Imagination thinks Action is brash and thoughtless. I struggle to give each one equal say. More often than not, imagination wins.
Allow me to illustrate.
I come home from work one day and head straight to the couch for snacks and reality tv.
I put a lot of pressure on myself to have an interesting, creative, fulfilling career that also pays the bills. This pressure often manifests as an amorphous anxiety that gnaws at the pit of my stomach and makes me eat a lot of Haribo Fruity Pasta.
I burden myself with expectations of making money, making a name for myself, and making my mark on the world. Whenever I think about doing anything creative, there’s always a voice in the back of my head saying ‘How can you sell this? How can you make this into a viable career? What will so and so think of this?’ It’s exhausting, and counter-productive. I’m pretty confident that the majority of great art is not created with this mentality. Continue reading
It’s been two weeks. Are you still doing your daily action every day? – asks Carol Lloyd in Creating a Life Worth Living. No Carol, no I am not. This particular book asks me to commit to a simple fifteen minute task every day. It’s not that important what the activity is – could be sketching, writing in a journal, whatever. The important thing is that you commit to it and follow through. Continue reading
At the end of each year, I like to calculate my tarot card for the following year, to give me some clues as to what I should be focusing my energies on. The idea is that there’s one card in the major arcana that will be the underlying theme of that year, and also serves to teach you lessons that are sorely needed at that particular time in your life. The major arcana numbered 0-22 represent “The Fool’s Journey”, in other words every person’s path of self discovery from naivety to fulfillment and integration.
My card for 2013 is #12, the Hanged Man. Continue reading