“They’re two different songs. Somewhere in between, you took a pitstop. Why the pitstop? You don’t need it.”
I shared two different versions of a song with a friend. One from over 10 years ago. The other I’ve been developing over the course of the last couple of months.
Obviously, a gap of 10 years is substantial. But that’s not really what he was pointing to.
He could feel the raw, visceral energy of the original. Which seemed to be lacking in the latest version, which had obviously been filtered through the opinions of others.
One version offered an authentic experience of the song. The other didn’t.
The rational, logical mind can serve us well in certain situations, especially in situations that require the evaluation of data and analytics.
But what about creativity? What about artistic success?
If your creativity is filtered through others, sure, it might find a bigger audience, but is that artistic success?
If you give yourself without holding back, that is an artistic success all its own. It’s a true, authentic reflection of your personal expression. Others be damned.
No, one is not wrong and the other right. You can apply the thoughts and opinions of others to your creativity. But don’t expect it to have the energy of the original.
Everything you say is significant and nothing is a throwaway.
Yet, we tend to run past important matters all the time.
That’s the nature of most conversations. We jump from one topic to another depending on what another says. A makes us think of B, and X reminds us of Y. A familiar, automatic dialog ensues. So, we end up having the same conversations because every time X comes up, we remember to talk about Y.
“I really don’t like living here…”
Sounds like a throwaway phrase in an ordinary conversation, but it’s anything but. There is something behind that statement. Something you’re not admitting to yourself or anyone else. An opportunity to come clean and discover what you’re really thinking and feeling.
You’re running past critical conversations that need to be had. Staying with these conversations would cause you to see what’s there. It would have you seeing and admitting inauthenticity.
When we run past these conversations, we miss the opportunity to be authentic. And people aren’t touched, moved, or inspired by anything less than authenticity. If you’re missing inspiration in your life, it could be that you haven’t been very authentic lately.
“To this point, nothing has come with freedom and ease!” I exclaimed after a deep sigh.
In that moment, a connection was forged with my new friend over the phone. Because he could see himself in that conversation.
But… isn’t it supposed to come with freedom and ease?
The ideal body you want to create, that perfect person you want to meet, that business you want to build… On some level, shouldn’t it be easy? And if it isn’t, isn’t that a clear sign you should move on? Or try something different? Or go about it another way?
The answer is… I don’t know. In my own assessment, there hasn’t been much freedom and ease in creating what I want, and it appears to me as though this “freedom and ease” thing has a mind of its own.
So, where is freedom and ease, and what is it? How can I get it?
I want it desperately. It sounds amazing. I desire to create the life I want with freedom with ease.
I have no idea what that looks like or where to start.
I only have the faintest of notions that it has something to do with being authentic. And this blog post is my attempt at being authentic. But even authenticity seems elusive. What does it mean? What does it look like? How do others perceive authenticity? Does that even matter?
Questions lead to more questions.
I don’t know.