“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
As a writer and amateur painter, I love everything to do with creativity. I love the arts and all the grand things that come from it. Movies, books, music, you name it! I love it all.
But don’t be scared: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, is not only for creators, it’s also for consumers who want to add a little sparkle to their lives. Whether you just like listening to music or looking at art, the book details exactly how to live a more magical, creative life. Talent or luck has nothing to do with it, it’s all about the trust and enjoyment of the art.
“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person. You and I and everyone you know are descended from tens of thousands of years of makers. Decorators, tinkerers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem-solvers, and embellishers — these are our common ancestors.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
What I loved…
- The book is written in a very clear, direct way. It’s funny, grounded, and concise. It highlights the great and not-so-great things about creative living.
- Short chapters! This book is great for when you find a little nugget of free time, to grab a little sanity before heading back to class.
- Gilbert includes wonderful stories from all over the world, about what creative living is like in different parts of the globe. It’s not all about having expensive art supplies or a top-notch recording studio — it’s about allowing yourself to have fun making things, and not beating yourself up over the outcome (which doesn’t matter!).
What could have been improved…
- My only criticism is that some chapters could have been condensed a little further; many of the same themes went on and on, just worded differently.
My Overall Review
Whether you’re an artist or not, I definitely think this book is worth picking up. No matter what you do or what you’re studying, everyone can use some magic in their lives, and creativity is a great conduit in which to do it. Gilbert uses the idea of a “trickster”, and encourages readers to adopt the persona. Play, be mischievous, don’t take anything too seriously! Everything is temporary, and failures and successes will always come and go.
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Here’s a takeaway for all of you: Start writing that novel! Go upload that song on Youtube! Go make things! (And share it here in the comments if you want!)
What do you think?
How do you stay creative in your day-to-day life? Let us know in the comments!