How imagining what it was like to live in the past can help you find your muse today
LEARN ABOUT THE FUTURE BY LOOKING AT THE PAST
What would it be like to live 100 years ago? How about 1000 years ago? By thinking about the past and how it would be like to live and thrive back then can help you see the world through a different perspective and allow for your muse to break out of its creative eggshell.
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A little mental exercise
Ok, let us say that you borrow your uncle’s (who happens to be a mad scientist) time machine and end up blasting yourself back several centuries with no way to get back. While, according to your mad scientist uncle, a few hundred years is but a speck on the vast timeline on the universe, to you it seems like a pretty big deal. Gone are all the conveniences of everyday life. You are now forced to live without a cell phone, a television, a microwave, a car, even indoor plumbing.
How would you go about living without all these modern trappings?
Some of us might actually find this existence (with the exception of the indoor plumbing) a lot less complicated than our hectic modern lives. In fact, we might even miss our cell phone buzzing at all hours or eating prepackaged, reheated food while watching mind numbing garbage on the idiot box. This new uncomplicated century might suit us just fine allowing our minds to relax from the stress of informational overload. So what if you have to use an outhouse, at least now you have some relative peace and quiet.
Others still might take this a step further and think about what else they might be missing and find themselves cursing their crazy uncle who was clever enough to build a time machine, yet did not think of installing a “go back” button. Your favorite sports teams have not yet been formed and no one has even thought of creating heavy metal music. Also, there are these things called smallpox and typhoid that you have to watch out for now. Thankfully, you were only thrown back a few hundred years instead of a few thousand where you would actually have to worry about things like building a shelter and foraging for food.
Looking back at the past and imagining how you would get along is great way to look inside yourself and find new ideas and inspirations. By thinking about what it would be like to live a few centuries or even a few millennia in the past, you might be able to break free from the modern mental egg shell that is holding back your creativity and emerge from it with a new way of looking at the world.
For example: A cook pondering what it would be like to live in a world without the modern supermarket, where you have to grow everything yourself or buy from local farmers might get a new perspective on cooking. While not having a place to go to where foods from around the world are available to you at any time of the year, might limit your menu options, it will also allow you to think about local foods that are in season and give you an idea on how to create a meal that not only tastes good but is also sustainable and even supportive of the local farming community.