"When I refer to "creative living," I am speaking more broadly. I'm talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." "The hunt to uncover those jewels—that's creative living. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place—that's what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one." I can identify with Elizabeth Gilbert's message in this excerpt from her upcoming book, BIG MAGIC ...I've been relentlessly curious throughout my life. Her story of the skater....reminds me of the time I decided to pursue crew. I loved the idea of gliding through the water on a tranquil morning, breathing the fresh air, and viewing the habits of river wildlife. REALITY>crew is grueling, sweaty and damn hard work, and I loved every second of it!! Who gets up at 5:00am, hoists a 250+ pound wooden boat with 7 rowmates and gets soaked, row for over an hour while listening to a coxswain yell commands...that would be me. Those that know me can attest that I'm not a "morning person", so they knew I was committed (or that I lost my mind).
So the story goes...I went on to win a race, along with 7 other men & women in an 8-person boat...who knew?? Never rowed in my life, but my curiosity got the best of me....or maybe it brought out the best in me?? Either way, it felt right...and good...and incredibly creative!!!