How listening to what other people are saying to each other can inspire the muse within
“THERE'S NOTHING LIKE EAVESDROPPING TO SHOW YOU THAT THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR HEAD IS DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD INSIDE YOUR HEAD”
If you are looking for your muse and happen to be in a public place where people are talking, try keeping an ear out and see if you can catch anything coming out of the lips of those around you that can help turn your creative flywheel.
Ever find yourself listening in on somebody else’s conversation? Perhaps you are sitting in a theatre, waiting for the show to start and find yourself listening to the two people behind you talk about the best and worst movies they have seen so far during the summer. Or, maybe you are riding on a train or bus, and find yourself listening in on two people commenting on the latest news and what they think it means.
Paying attention to what people around you are talking about can be a great way to get the idea sparks you need to drive the pistons of inspirations and get the old creative flywheel to start spinning. While the practice might be a bit hazy in the department of social graces (especially if you start eavesdropping on personal of confidential conversations) keeping an ear out for interesting public conversations can help you see a new creative point of view and even give you new ideas from which to work on.
That conversation that you are overhearing while taking the bus to work, for instance, can help give you two different people’s perspectives on a current topic. These two different perspectives can then help you look at the situation from two different angles and then perhaps help you come up with your own creative way to comment on the situation.
Let us say that the two people are talking about the latest natural disaster that occurred in a specific region of the country and what they are doing to help. Perhaps one of them is for getting personally involved by putting together a care package for a needy family while the other one is happy with letting his or her tax dollars and charity donations take care of all the dirty work. By listening to this conversation and seeing how two people deal with crises far away, you might find yourself coming up with a good idea for an article, a poem, a painting or even a documentary film that tackles the subject. Or, perhaps, it will give you an idea for a new nonprofit organization that allows people to both actively and passively participate.