Last fall, I subscribed to the Washington Post’s Bold School email newsletter, aimed toward an audience ‘beyond 50’. Thank you to the Post’s Vicky Fogg for this valuable weekly delivery.
Here is an excerpt from today’s newsletter:
“Familiar music can comfort us, while listening or playing unfamiliar music challenges us by forcing our brains to work to make sense of the new sound.”
As I write this, I’m listening to a Peter, Paul, and Mary song [Ballad of Spring Hill] I’d never before heard, thanks to a Spotify playlist shared by Vicky. And now, Mama Tried by Merle Haggard and the Strangers…and now, the instrumental On Interstate 15 by Wall of Voodoo. [Had never heard of this group before. I like the sound.]
Keep thinking ‘try new’.
No matter how seemingly insignificant, ‘new’ injects a bit of interest into your day, your way of thinking, your creative process.
She compiled the list from a number of sources. A few favorites below…
from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Designs: “Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.”
from Steve Pavlina: “Architect a worthy challenge. If a task is too easy, you don’t need to be particularly creative, so your creative self will simply say, “You can manage this one without me.”
from Alison Motluk: “Seek out creative company. The best ideas are forged not in moments of solitary genius, but during exchanges with trusted colleagues.” [Note: Austin Kleon calls this creative company a ‘scenius‘.]
My friend from NY sent me a quick email telling me a classmate of ours from junior high had passed away…a year ago.
M was always a pretty happy-go-lucky guy and he was the same way as we went facemark-to-facemask in a junior college football game in 1972. And the same way as he served customers at his dad’s fish market and at the restaurant he started in the 80’s.
While I hadn’t seen him for decades, his passing hit me a little harder.
Maybe each succeeding loss of a contemporary does that now…but it was yet another reminder, a tug at my insides, with the familiar message…”What in God’s name are you waiting for? Get out there and make stuff!”
Yeah…it doesn’t have to be good—especially at first. It has to be done, so you have something to build on, a reference point.
And let’s all assume we’re not going to live forever, so it’s time to build some creative momentum.
It doesn’t have to be a leap. Even a step will do. But let’s aim together to be in a different place than we were the day before.