Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On Staying Creative

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

You know that feeling you get sometimes when you know you're doing something special? Or when you know you're doing what you're meant to be doing? When creativity is just pouring out of you? Well, that feeling is rare. Or at least it can be at times. It's so easy to lose sight of inspiration. I came back home to rediscover my inspiration and creativity. So. Thus- this video. My Mom sent me this quote a while ago and I've loved it ever since. I mean, Ira Glass is like that cool older mentor I always wanted but never had. His insight into life is only topped by my strange desire to cuddle with him. I have to be honest- I really think he's dead on in this video. I think creativity is like a muscle. You have to use it, stretch it and nurture it in order for it to be healthy and work properly. Not unlike a baby, either. Except babies poop a lot more. ANYWAY. I fairly frequently set goals for myself, a lot of times to no avail. But this new goal of mine is pretty simple: stay creative. When people ask me why, I'm just going to say it's because Ira Glass told me to.
So in honor of this new found re-ignition (not the Remix to Ignition like the R Kelly song) of my creativity, I'm on a mission for sayings, quotes, songs, etc. that I find inspiring. Sort of as a way to build my arsenal of creativity. Things that inspire me to write, laugh, cry, or just live life in a way that makes me happy. Today, it is this quote from one of my favorite books. My Mom sent it to me a while ago when I was first leaning towards moving home.  Again, totally dead on. If I can live like this, I will consider my life a success.

"'What are you going to do with your life?' In one way or another it seemed like people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer. 'Live each day as if it's your last,' that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn't practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved if you ever get the chance."

{David Nicholls- One Day}


  1. I have to comment on this because I totally agree with how fantastic this quote is; however, I literally just finished 'One Day' tonight and I must say that I was slightly annoyed by the outcome of this book although I loved the concept of following their lives over time :) also, not sure if you saw this but Target stores were compared to Black Friday and their site kept crashing either today or yesterday since they started to sell the designer you wrote about in a previous blog, apparently you weren't the only one that was excited :)

  2. Btw after I posted that comment I realized that you had posted a video which I listened to and was reminded that I also meant to say that I love Ira Glass, that was fabulous, I haven't listened to "This American Life" in awhile, and when i do they are repeats...

  3. omg target sold out SO fast. crazy crazy. missoni does that to girls :)
    i actually haven't listened to ira glass in a while either. i used to do it on my commute to work, but now that it's a 9 minute drive, I don't have time. I have to fit it back in soon.


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