How visiting other places such as a big city or a small town can help you find your muse
If you are looking to kick start your creativity, why not change your zip code for a while to see if this change of pace helps give you ideas. If you are a big city dweller, visit a small town or vice versa. Cities and towns have different vibes allowing you to see and feel the world around you from a different angle.
A change of pace
”A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.” – Margaret Mead
There is something invigorating about the hustle and bustle of the big city. There is so much going on that it is hard not to get caught up in the rush. If you are from the small town and are looking for a quick kick in the creative pants, spending a weekend in the city could end up being like spending an entire year in your hometown helping fill your mind with ideas and inspirations that normally take you all winter to store up.
”I once spent a year in Philadelphia; I think it was on a Sunday.” – W. C. Fields
When you are from a small town and visiting a city, you have a unique point of view of the place that most people living there would have trouble seeing. You are better able to sense the grandeur and the scale of the city, to gain ideas from the bustling crowds to find meaningful conversations with strangers from other parts of the world. Spending some time in the city will give you a chance to see the world without really having to circle it as you meet people from all four corners of the globe residing on the same block.
“The nice part of living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.” -unknown
Small towns have a totally different vibe than cities do. For one thing, everyone likes to wave at each other. I noticed this a few years back when I was visiting my parents, coming back to the small town where I grew up, despite the fact that I had been away for years, the neighbors still made a point to wave a friendly hello to my girlfriend and I as we toured the town in our rental car. It was as if I never left the place and they knew exactly who I was and what I was doing there. The scary thing is, since it is such a small town, that they pretty much did know who I was and what I was doing there.
This sense of community and familiarity is what is nice about small towns and also something that people who are living in the city tend to forget. In fact, if you are a city dweller looking for some grounding and inspiration, paying a visit to a small town where everyone knows each other on a first name basis can be a real eye opener and can help you understand what is meant by the word community.
Another seemingly magical aspect of a small town is that time seems to slow down when you are visiting. During that same trip to the small town where I grew up, I found myself amazed by how little the area had changed during the near decade I had been away. The pace of life in a small town reflects this also. Unlike city life, which is rush, rush, rush all the time, people in a small town do not seem to be in a hurry to get things done. This relaxing atmosphere can be quite relaxing to an over worked creative mind, helping bring about a sense of calm which can then lead to more focused thinking and inspiration.
If you are looking for inspiration to spark your creative muse, try changing up your pace by changing your zip code for a while. If you happen to reside in a small town, pay a visit to the big city and see if the hustle and bustle can help kick start your creativity, or if the perspective of being a little fish in a big pond helps give you a different creative angle. If you live in a big city, try visiting a small town for a while and see if the slow and familiar pace can help you relax and let your muse come to you or if being a bigger fish and a much smaller pond helps you see the world differently.