"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom.
'Why do I have to obey the rules?'
'Why can't I be different?'
'Why can't I do it my way?'"
"Every act of creation is also an act of destruction or abandonment. Something has to be cast aside to make way for the new.
But those lofty goals are the farthest thing from you mind at the start of a project. ...you need to channel your innate defiance productively. So, pick a fight--with the system, the rules, your rituals, even your everyday routines."
"For one day, be completely contrary, to the point of orneriness and belligerence, with anything and everything you do. Turn everything upside down."
The above words are not mine, but belong to Twyla Tharp. I'm reading her book The Creative Habit. The book combines narration with sections of exercises. One exercise is: do things differently. Break your habits. If you always use Tom's peppermint toothpaste try fennel. Drive to work a different way. Instead of Cheerios for breakfast have an English Muffin with honey. Tharp says such changes will "stimulate your brain and challenge your muscles." The idea is to break out of our ruts to challenge and wake up our minds and creativity.
I broke out of my life rut by moving here with my mom. But then I fell into other ruts. Ruts give me a sense of security in this insecure world. But ruts also can deaden my creativity. Not to mention my soul. On Saturday I drove alone through the hills and valleys of this up country land. It was a little scary, as in most places my cell phone didn't work. I'd feel more comfortable if the phone did work. But at any rate, I had such fun. It was a beautiful day and I found some yard sales and little shops. This break with daily routine cheered me up. And some of the doodads I bought at the yard sales stimulated my creative thoughts.
How about you? What do you think of the idea of picking a fight?? Sounds kinda aggressive doesn't it? What happens to your state of mind when you change an ingrained habit, just for one day? What happens when you reverse you usual ways of doing things and do the opposite?
Photos: flowers and a tomato from my garden.