There’s a river born to be a giver
Keep you warm won’t let you shiver
His heart is never gonna wither
Come on everybody time to deliver.
You’ve got to give what’s in you.
Don’t know what’s in you? Think you have 100% nothing to give?
That’s a lie from hell.
And I’m 100% serious.
You’ve got something in you. It’s something that’s begging to get out.
The words you’re reading right now might make you itch. Not the scratchable kind. An itch in your gut. In that place where it aches when something sad or beautiful happens.
It’s the call to something else. It’s the call to stop the status quo.
Do You Feel It?
If you do, you’re in good company.
Fighting with Ghosts
I haven’t watched Fight Club in many years, but I found this dialog on imdb.com and it’s befitting:
Narrator: [Tyler steers the car into the opposite lane and accelerates] What are you doing?
Tyler Durden: Guys, what would you wish you’d done before you died?
Ricky: Paint a self-portrait.
The Mechanic: Build a house.
Tyler Durden: [to Narrator] And you?
Narrator: I don’t know. Turn the wheel now, come on!
Tyler Durden: You have to know the answer to this question! If you died right now, how would you feel about your life?
Narrator: I don’t know, I wouldn’t feel anything good about my life, is that what you want to hear me say? Fine. Come on!
Tyler Durden: Not good enough.
Tyler Durden is a coach for creatives. He’s screaming a wake-up call to the meanderers. He wants us to know what we really want. He’s shouting a fill in the blank to us:
Finish this sentence: I’ve got something to give. I’m afraid to make it happen because .
That thing you just filled in the blank… whatever that thing is isn’t actually real.
It’s a ghost. A mirage. A phantom of your creativity. It’s not only stealing from you, it’s stealing from us.
We need what you have to give.
Give Your Creativity Away
This post has an edge to it. It’s purposeful.
I’ve said that to not create is selfish. The fear of sharing handicaps the creative process.
- “But I create for myself.”
- Great, start with yourself. But you only get to keep what you give away.
- “But I might look like a fool.”
- For how long? Is that the worst thing?
- “But I’m insane.”
- Most great artists have a healthy dose of ‘crazy’ in there. Use it.
- “But I failed before.”
- Keep failing.
- “But I might lose everything.”
- What if you do? What if you don’t?
Please, can we all make a pact to stop living with regrets.
I won’t be apologetic for the brazen preachiness of this post because I’m obeying a voice. Some call it a ‘muse.’ Some call it ‘self.’ Some call it ‘God.’ Whatever you call it, you’ve got that voice speaking to you as well.
What’s that voice saying?
For me, it calls to my senses. To really see. To savor the taste of life. To touch.
It’s telling us to feel. It’s telling us to help those who’ve gone numb. To help them feel again.
You’re a river. You’ve got to flow.