How taking a close look at the things that have you worried can help you find your muse
Writing down your worries, why you worry about them and what you can do to help bring about a change to things that are troubling you can help you become more creatively inspired. Addressing these worries as an artist or a writer can help you connect to a larger audience who find themselves troubled by the same things.
Worry about it
Do I have enough left to pay my car loan?
What am I doing to achieve World Peace?
Is my earthquake kit up to date?
How big is my carbon footprint?
Who is going to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol?
What is it that you worry about?
Come on, we all have something on our minds. There must be something that is eating away at you. Perhaps you think your car insurance is too high, or you are worried about how long it is going to take until your puppy finally figures out that a puppy pad is not for chewing. To have troubles is to be human. To face your troubles and find solutions is to be creatively inspired.
If you are looking for some creative insight, here is an exercise that you can do.
First:start with a list
Get a pad and pen (easier to ruminate with than a laptop) and start by listing the things that are worrying you right now. Try listing at least five different things that are bugging you, no matter how trivial or overwhelming. Whether it is something mundane like forgetting your tote bag made out of recycled plastic bottles every time you go shopping, or something insurmountable like terminal cancer, if it is bothering at the moment, write it down.
Now: expand your thoughts
After you have at least five things jotted down, examine each thing that is worrying you and write down why it is on your mind. Try to find the reason why each one is on your mind.
Forgetting my bag made out of recycled plastic bottles every time I go shopping
Reasons why this worries me&hellip
- Care about my carbon footprint and wasting resources
- I paid two bucks for that bag and hate wasting it
- Saw a special on PBS about rainforests
- Do not want to pay the five cent bag tax
- Feel guilty when I see other people in the store who remember their bags
As you can see, you might find that you have a lot of different reasons to worry about the things that you are worrying about. Letting these worries out in the open instead of allowing them to eat away at you from the inside might help you find creative solutions for your problems. It will also help you gain insight as to why certain things are bugging you.
Now that you have your reasons for your worries, it is now time to come up with new ideas on how to address the problems you are facing.
- Keep bag made of plastic bottles by the door next to the keys to the hybrid
- Put up a special plastic bottle bag hook
- Buy another plastic bottle bag and keep it in your trunk
- Do not buy more groceries than what you can carry in your arms every time you forget.
Winston Churchill once said “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning,” when you set out to really examine what is bothering you and write it down, you will find new ideas and inspirations banging at your creative door. Taking on these problems in a creative and artistic manner, through writing, painting, sculpting, film making can help you inspire others who are also bothered by the same things that bother you