I just read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic and naturally I was EXCITED after the glory of Eat Pray Love! I resonate with the content of that book; Rome, Yoga and LURVE. Yes yes. That was my life. Actually I read it about a month ago I’m just really behind on posting things!
I enjoyed reading Big Magic and read it quickly (it’s actually not very long, the old double line spacing trick.) I felt that perhaps it never really got going it was a series of anecdotes. Also it was written from the perspective of a Cancerian female who has an evident on-going battle with coping with rejection and has developed philosophies for dealing with criticism.
We all hate being criticised, but it’s obviously a problem for Elizabeth Gilbert and this is why she has been able to develop such sound advice around the concept of creating what you want in the face of criticism, fears and confusion.
I have to say it was a relief to read Bill Bryson’s new book on Sunday. Buoyant optimism shines over fretful concern. PHEW! The old ‘who gives a fu*k I’m just me’ strength of character shone through, it’s far more relaxing to read!
However, we all need mothering and reassuring (what Cancerians do best), so thank you #BIGMAGIC it’s wonderful advice and I love her philosophy of IDEAS. She thinks that ideas are alive and want to be created. They go to people who they think will make them, if we ignore them they will go elsewhere. It’s a bit of an odd concept but it has stuck with me.
I have now realised how much what she wrote struck chimes with me as the words are still circling around in my head.
Also, I’ve realised is that when I say “I love being alone.” What I’m really saying is “I love it when everyone leaves me alone to play!”
Sitting down and writing is my equivalent of taking your child to a Ball Pool or Bouncy Castle. I just bloody love it. Yes it would be nice if people read my stuff, they will in time. For now, this is for me and I LOVE IT. I’m happy alone and writing, reading etc… Sitting around talking or being trapped in someone else’s time frame when my brain wants to be free to make things and learn things is BORING, it’s nothing more complicated than that.
Yesterday I read The Alchemist. A book with a similar thread that runs through it.
DO WHAT MAKES YOU COME ALIVE.
Do it now.
Don’t give into fears.
I had always read that “THE WORLD NEEDS PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME ALIVE” I didn’t really get it.
Read The Alchemist to understand why listing to your instinct is the thing that will enable you to THRIVE AND BLOOM.
It’s a Venus, Mars, Jupiter conjunction in malleable Virgo this weekend, the perfect combination of action, pleasure, luck, dreams and direction… Go go go.
If not now, when?