How learning new things can inspire you to find your muse
I DON'T THINK MUCH OF A MAN WHO IS NOT WISER TODAY THAN HE WAS YESTERDAY.
Learning new things can help you get out of your creative rut and help you find your muse. Learning helps you forge new mental pathways and to see things that you thought you know about in a whole new light. Thanks to the internet, learning about a new discipline is as simple as typing keywords into a search engine.
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When we are younger, our capacity to learn is virtually unlimited. This is because our minds are clean slates, unhindered by the clutter that tends to accumulate as years go by. As we get older, all this accumulated clutter (fears, doubts, prejudices, disinformation, commercial jingles) starts getting in the way of us learning new things, and the paths within our mind start to become rutted and deep as we travel along the same thought processes over and over again.
Soon, we are stuck on the neural pathways that we always travel, pathways set in stone through the unkempt garden of our mind. These trails that we take may be long and windy, but still we take them because we are comfortable with them and happen to know our way on them. We start to become afraid of blazing new trails through the clutter. We give up on the idea of learning new things and resolve to settle down with all of our comforting old ways.
Well, enough is enough. The time has come to get out of the rut and blaze a new trail and to find new creative inspiration by learning something new. While old dogs take a little bit longer to learn new tricks, it still can be done. We have the ability to blast new tunnels through those walls of accumulated mind clutter and to pave new paths of learning that will help free our minds. Learning something new can be a great source of inspiration and allow you to see what you already know in a whole different light.
Learning something new can give you a better perspective on what you already know. An architect, who spends some time learning how to be a builder, will gain better insight into designing buildings. A playwright who spends some time at an actor’s studio will become better at writing dialogue that the players can actually speak. Learning new things will help you clear out all the clutter and allow you to forge new paths of creative insight.