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The Best Creative Advice

In Thoughts on August 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm

…that I’ve stumbled upon yet. Am I really qualified to tell you which advice is good and which is crap when pursuing your creativity? Hell no. I haven’t done anything creatively great in my life. So, what I’m here to say is that this guy has a great idea that we should listen to simply because it is laid out in a way that hasn’t been done before. He expands upon how to “cultivate” your passion and, what I found to be most important, how to recognize opportunity that may lead to a new, more fulfilling passion. Read:
‘FOLLOW YOUR PASSION’ IS CRAPPY ADVICE: AN INTERVIEW

How many “passions” have you had in your life? When you were 8, what was it? Working on your boy/girlscout badges? What about 15, a specific sport? What about when you were 18… did it change? Mine did. All of my areas of interest have generally stayed in similar categories but my “passion” has changed. My focus when I was 18 was to become a makeup artist. I’ve always been great at it, and I loved learning about products and colors and techniques. Fast forward three years and I can’t learn enough about great works of literature and the emotions and histories that inspired them. I still enjoy doing makeup, but it’s no longer my passion. Why? Because I pursued it with room for growth. I built an expensive makeup kit, accompanied my friend who, at the time, was an aspiring (now successful) model to each of her photoshoots and did hours worth of work for free. I teamed up with photographers and began doing other models’ faces – actually for decent money. I researched cosmetology schools to go to, what type of makeup field to pursue (film and fashion are two VERY different things), and all the while I was focusing on how to better my craft.

See, I worked wholeheartedly on pursuing my passion, but something changed. I took a British Literature class and it sparked a new passion for me. I realized that I enjoyed reading poetry more than I enjoyed being a makeup artist. This didn’t happen overnight. As I read for the class, I realized how much poetry could influence my life; how it could help me make sense of things and find new ways to view life. I continued doing makeup for a while, but semesters after that class I was still going back to my textbook and finding new poems. I finally changed my major to English Literature, and as time went on, my interest in makeup artistry burnt out. I still enjoy doing it but I feel that now I’ve found something that makes life worth living. Maybe that sounds extreme, but it’s how I view great writing. Had I not taken the opportunity to learn more about this new interest, I wouldn’t have found my new passion. Likewise, had Steve Jobs not seen the opportunity to make money by selling Apple computers to everyday people, he would not have recognized his passion for being a technological innovator. Computers would have remained only an interest in his life, second to his passion of eastern mysticism. Jobs combined his former passion with his new interest, which shaped his inventive ideas and allowed his new interest to cultivate into a lifelong passion.
The point here is: You can have multiple passions throughout your life. Life isn’t black and white, it’s neutral warm, mauve, and brownish black. So do not allow your current passion to cloud your view of opportunity in new interests. Passion makes life worth living; do not hinder your opportunities to cultivate new passions.

xx
-C

Coming Back with an Edge

In Thoughts on April 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

My “Gossip Girl” obsession has gotten the best of me lately. Free time? Watch episode after episode of GG in a row. I’m reliving the first season because I love to see how the characters started out. Each character had changed so much towards the end of the series that it’s intriguing to go back to where it all began and remember how they all started. One in particular that has held my attention is Blair Waldorf. I think it’s safe to say that with Dan’s Inside later in the series, the show had a turning point from being all about Serena to all about Blair.

Season one is saturated with Serena scenes, but we forget to notice that Blair started out as innocent and mild-mannered in the very beginning. Ashleigh from On the Hunt reminded me with her  post “5 Life Lessons You Never Expected to Learn from Gossip Girl” this morning that Blair had a low point in this season when she lost her boyfriend, her friends, and all of her carefully pieced together plans for her life fell apart (for the first time). She was so close to running away from her problems when her biggest support system stepped in- Serena, of course.

Blair (in response to wanting to run away): Everything’s horrible. My whole life’s falling apart.

Serena: So rebuild it. You’re a Waldorf remember? People don’t tell you who you are, you tell them. Stay and fight. I’ll fight with you.

Blair: I’m so embarrassed. I’m so…

Serena: So what? Start over. It can be done. I should know. We’ll get through this together.

Blair: You promise?

Serena: Promise.

Sometimes when you feel alone, you need that one person to come forward and affirm that they will see to it that you will get to a better point in your life, no matter what. After a long talk with my sister about how depressed I’ve been last night, I can assure you that it is essential that someone comes forth to be there by your side while you rebuild your life.

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After this, Blair took a minimal amount of time to “mourn her former life” as she says, and then jumps quickly back into action. She comes back with risky plans to take down Jenny and regain her old friendships, and she does something else that slips by us as the audience; She opens her mind. She begins to speak to Dan as if he is an actual person. She accepts humiliation when it comes her way and then comes back brighter than ever. It’s so easy to get down on yourself when faced with defeat, so Blair’s determination should be a lesson to all of us.

If you want to rebuild your life, you will have to expand your ways of thinking. Scratch the old plans of what your life should be like and make some new ones. Try new things and get creative. If one thing doesn’t pan out the way you think it will, get up, move on, and try something new. Stop looking back and start looking forward. The best is yet to come.

 

xx

-C