How new types of show, programs, or magazines can help you find your muse
Sometimes in order to find something inspiring, you might need to change the channel onto a program that you never really watched before. By exploring new and different media, you allow yourself to open up to new a creative perspective which leads to further opportunities to find your muse.
Change the Channel
I hate when there is nothing on television.
Here I am with basic cable, which gives me over one hundred channels to pick from, and I cannot find anything at all that is worthy of my precious TV time.
“What do you mean there is nothing on?” A voice inside my head that sounds a lot like my old man says. “There is a lot of stuff on; you just need to look harder.”
The old man inside me is right.
Here I am, bitching that there is nothing on the TV, when in fact, it just seems that way to my limited perspective. Sure, there might not be any funny sitcoms, good sporting events, War Documentaries or compelling dramas hanging out in the magic cable box at the moment, but there is definitely something on: hundreds of something on. And, I bet if I really took a good look at them, I could probably not only find something that is worth watching, but something that might even spur on new creative thoughts and ideas.
I just need to step out of my channel safety zone a bit.
It is ironic that given all of these media choices that I have, I generally stick to about a dozen different channels, choosing only to alight on these select few, while quickly passing the others up. I imagine that there are some channels in the middle that have never seen the light of day on my flat screen. Human nature, I suppose, is partly to blame for this. We have only so much time in which to channel surf, so we like to stick to the tried and true channels. These are the channels that we know have the things that we like to watch on them: those funny sitcoms or reality shows that we go to time and time again for our viewing pleasure.
But, by getting out of this safe channel surfing zone and exploring what else is on, We might find ourselves exploring new interests and learning about new things which can then lead to new creative ideas. For example, I could end watching a certain reality television show that I once dismissed and gain a great new idea for a story, or I can land upon a foreign game show that does not make any sense, and find myself coming up with a new idea for an internet business.
So now, I hand the remote off to you.
Next time you are looking for new ideas and inspiration, try taking your remote and exploring other types of media that you generally avoid and see if it helps brings new creative thoughts your way. If you do not have cable, do not worry, this idea can also be applied to just about any type of media. For example you can try reading a different type of magazine or exploring other internet sites or DVD choices. By opening up to other form of media and entertainment, you will find yourself immersed in new sensations and experiences. This can help you unclog your creative sink allowing you to bathe in the fresh hot waters of new ideas.