To all of you who consider yourselves creators, please watch this! I PROMISE you won't be disappointed. This has been a paradigm shift for me, seeing myself as a creator and finding joy in the craft. Whether you consider yourself a creative in word, photo, video, various other arts, leadership, or the plethora of other things; this is applicable for you. I personally consider myself a creative in the content created here and in the field of nursing, where I am so lucky and blessed to craft a quality, empathetic, and caring experience for hurting people.
You may not find all of it applicable or true for you but I hold the belief that there is truth in everything . . . it just depends on how much. Judge by the lens of your core beliefs and take for yourselves what it usable and what makes you a better person.
(FYI: there is some language so listen as far as you feel comfortable)
A few awesome quotes and thoughts from this interview . . .
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. (Theodore Roosevelt)
"There is no creativity without vulnerability." (BB)
"When you don't care at all what anyone thinks, you lose your capacity for connection . . . Which what is art, if it's not connection and love . . . When we're defined by what people think, we lose the courage to be vulnerable." (BB)
"What most of us have a tendency to do is steamroll over the people whose opinions should matter, to get acceptance and approval by the people who really should not matter at all." (BB)
"I'm going to have a t-shirt made . . . that says, 'If you bless my heart, I will kick your ass.'" (BB)
"Creativity is the key of how things travel from the head to the heart to the hands." (BB)
“There is no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There’s just people who use their creativity and those who don’t. And not using it doesn’t go without penalty. As it turns out, unused creativity is not benign, it’s dangerous . . . it changes into things” (BB)
"Creativity is the new literacy." (CJ)
"'Don't try to win over the haters, you're not the jackass whisperer.'" (BB quoting Scott Stratten)
"Trying to convince everyone to like your work is not a game you can possibly win. You don't need a million people to like your work, you don't need a thousand, you don't probably even need a hundred. You're making your work for you and there are people in the world who will love you and your work for what it is right now." (CJ)
This remains a beautiful tribute to those who approached life and love and creativity with vulnerability.
Call me a nerd, but I have watched and rewatched the appendices (extras) in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Extended Version over and over. For one, I do love the story, but more importantly I am continually inspired by the astounding level of love and passion and creativity that went into the making of this work of art.