How allowing yourself to be a little stupid can help you find your muse
“LISTEN TO ANYONE WITH AN ORIGINAL IDEA, NO MATTER HOW ABSURD IT MAY SOUND AT FIRST. IF YOU PUT FENCES AROUND PEOPLE, YOU GET SHEEP. GIVE PEOPLE THE ROOM THEY NEED.”
Sometimes, in order to find to follow your muse, you need to allow yourself to go in a seemingly crazy direction. By allowing yourself those absurd thoughts you just might find yourself in an undiscovered country of inspiration. Go ahead; be stupid, because within that crazy thought just might be your next creative gem.
Hey Columbus! What are you some kind of dummy? Everyone can see that the world is flat! Going that way is just going to get you a one way trip off the edge of the world. Why else do you think that ships always disappear beneath the horizon? What, you think that we live on some giant blue ball floating around in space or something? Next thing you are going to tell me is that we are going around the sun like that Copernicus fellow has been saying.
Okay, so when Columbus set sail for India by going west, he was considered whack job (Heck the King of Spain found it plausible enough to gamble a few ships on), but back then, the sheer idea that the world was not what it appeared to be at first glance was considered a little out there. Okay, so it was probably considered way out there by most people, but that did not stop guys like Copernicus and Columbus from allowing their thoughts to go off in this seemingly absurd direction and wonder what if things really were that way.
They say that every great idea generally starts off as being considered a little bit crazy, but those who end up coming up with these great ideas allow themselves to think about them anyway.
For example, have you ever found yourself thinking about a new trend, such as walking around with holes in your pants, but then dismissed as something only a whack job would do, only to watch as someone else take the idea and turn it into the latest fashion. Or perhaps, you are sitting in the boardroom and some kooky thought on how the company could save money flashes into your mind, but you do not let it out because you are afraid everyone is going to look at you like your crazy.
These moments of perceived absurdity are really moments of true inspiration trying to get in, but since they are considered a bit out there, we ignore them and then find ourselves looking back and wandering why we did not jump on the idea before someone else could.
Next time you are looking for your muse, try letting some of these absurd thoughts in and allow them to bounce around a little bit. Who knows, they just might knock loose that idea you have wedged up in the rafters of your mind. Go ahead and be a little stupid and by being stupid, I don’t mean, run head first into walls without your helmet off (you should always wear a helmet when you run into walls), but rather let yourself take hold of seeming crazy ideas and run with them to see where they might actually take you. Do not be surprised if these stupid thoughts actually take you by the hand and pull you straight to your muse.