Princess in a Castle

Princess in a castle
101 Goals, 1001 Days: Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

I want to share the ten TED Talks that inspire me, but I’ll show them one by one, because they are worth more attention than just a mention. Most of the talks are fairly old, but I still think they’re relevant, their insight not being bound by time. This one I found not too long ago. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love talks about the muse.

The muse is an interesting concept, because it’s abstract and there are many different interpretations. The muse used to be a woman an artist could make love to and create a masterpiece afterwards. Stephen King described his muse as a man. Some see a muse in a live person, others see the muse as something spiritual.

Elizabeth talks about how the muse kept artists grounded, where artists nowadays struggle with the thought “what if I can’t top my success <product>?”. “What if my best work is behind me?” I still have a long way to go before I reach that point, and that’s me being realistic. But when you do reach that point, believing in the muse might help you to get to work. Think of the quote by Isabel Allende:

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”

Keep doing what you do, and your muse will show up. Enjoy!

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