This past summer, I watched artist and author Elle Luna’s talk about creativity and passion. In a deep dive, I listened to all her podcasts, followed her on Instagram, and immediately purchased her best-selling book, The Crossroads of Should and Must. (When I fall, I fall hard!)
Last year, Elle started something new, an online experiment called The 100 Day Project, in which participants are encouraged to create something – anything – everyday for 100 days. (Hat tip to bestie, Nicole, for the reminder!) Each day, participants post their work of art on Instagram and a community of creators, dreamers, and doers is born.
In less than 2 weeks, I’ve already felt a difference. I eagerly look forward to posting my daily text, whether it’s a poem, a line of dialogue, a haiku or a brain dump. I’m reconnecting to the MUST Elle Luna describes in her book, and discarding the SHOULD slowly, slowly. It feels damn amazing.
Last summer, I read author and psychologist Susan David’s excellent book, Emotional Agility. Susan also describes the power of writing, a practice which she said healed some of her grief following her father’s death.
I could write about writing for hours, but I’ll leave the metaphysical for now and share one more story: in an interview with 60 Minutes, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda described crying as he writes, as he is so deeply connected to his words and aligned with his characters. I get it; writing is seeing one’s emotions and dreams materialize on a page. What could be more beautiful than that?