How observing people can bring your muse out of hiding
“GENIUS MEANS LITTLE MORE THAN THE FACULTY OF PERCEIVING IN AN UNHABITUAL WAY.”
The six billion souls inhabiting this big blue rock are the most potent source of new and original ideas for the creative type. One of the best ways to tap into this muse source is to develop keen people watching skills. Next time you are looking for your muse, try looking around and seeing what other people around you are doing and watch as new inspirational thoughts come spilling in.
Those around you
There are more than six billion of us now wandering around on this big blue rock that is hurtling through space. Billions of different faces, behind each of them a unique life story making for an almost incalculable (I am not going to try to add it up) number of different experiences that have potential to bring your muse out of hiding. When it comes to mining for inspiration, other people are one of the biggest sources for new and original ideas. They are the muse mother lode that creative types can constantly tap into time and time again when they need a new idea for a story, a work of art, design, business idea, or whatever else they happen to be working on.
There are many tools which you can use to dig inspiration out of other people, many different skills that you as a creative person can acquire that will help you shovel into this population pile and find new and rare creative idea gems. One of the best skills that you can develop is good people observation skills.
That’s right: People Watching
All of us, even the most vapid among us, find ourselves watching what other people around us are doing. Whether its eating our lunch in city center and watching busy people walk swiftly by and imagining what could be so important that they are in such a hurry, or sitting on a bench in the park watching cute old couple hold hands and flirt with each other, all of us tend to be curious what is going on behind all of the different faces surrounding us. Combine this innate curiosity about others with honed observation skills and you will find yourself with a perfect pickax in which to wrangle out those nuggets of inspiration.
Next time you looking for your muse and you find yourself somewhere that is swarming with people, allow yourself to casually observe what others around you are doing and see if it does help bring new creative ideas to you. For example, if you find yourself sitting in a food court at the mall, have a look around and check out who else is there. Sitting back and watching how other mall denizens act and interact with each other will have you scrabbling for a notebook as new ideas come pouring in. For instance, you might notice how younger people seem to be able to talk and text without missing a beat, while older people seem to make a point of putting away their smart phone device before they interact with someone else. This might have your head spinning with new creative ideas that might appeal to both sides of the multitask generation gap.