While at work I was talking to my coworker who also lives with depression. She was telling me about how she is trying to have a more positive mindset and live a more fulfilling life. She recently went to the bookstore and picked out a few self-help books to help her achieve this. I couldn’t be more proud of her for taking charge of her life. It made me wonder when was the last time I picked up a book, let alone a self-help one? Thus my journey began and I discovered Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, the writer of Eat. Pray. Love.
You remember that book from years ago that was turned into a movie that everyone was like it was so life-changing? I never read it, I was like 18 when it came out and I was to busy partying my butt off to care about what some middle-aged white woman was doing to find herself in India. Yet, here I am 28 reading one of the author’s very books and I’ll be damned if I don’t like it!
The book its self tells the story of Gilbert in her younger to current years and her journey to becoming the writer that she is and the various lessons that she has learned along the way, whether it’s from personal experiences or the experience of others. What I love about it is it’s so honest. She doesn’t sugar coat anything and gives me the lessons I needed to hear and to tell myself. For example, one of the best things I gathered from the book was to write for yourself, no one else. It’s no one else’s business to like my work or to read it but it’s my passion to write. If I want to do that then do it and do it with my whole ass not half-ass, and no that doesn’t mean quitting my day job. Even though I knew that it’s reassuring to hear it from so one who is successful and was able to become successful while working a full-time job, ya know?
If you’re hoping to become a writer, painter, musician, or live more creatively in general. Big Magic is worth a read or a listen. I like to play it on my audiobooks when I go for walks during the morning. It’s my walking mediation for the day and it preps me for the day ahead. If you want to grab a copy as I said it’s on audiobooks and wherever books are sold.
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