I was feeling flat. In a funk. Why cant people be a little more encouraging when someone steps out into the unknown to try something different?
I often find people who can’t imagine doing something creative often like to throw a bucket of cold water over those who are trying to break out of a mould, do something different and create@! It’s not an easy life however it may appear on the surface. Anyway this persons words affected me… so I decided I’d pick up one of my many inspirational books instead. And drum roll… this was the page I turned to….
Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert, and my dear supportive friend Moana, for buying me this book for xmas! The Universe works in mysterious ways indeed.
“In order to live this way, free to create and explore you must possess a fierce sense of personal entitlement, which I hope you will learn to cultivate. I recognsise the word entitlement has dreadful negative connotations but I’d like to appropriate it here and put it to good use because you will never be able to create anything interesting out of your life if you don’t believe that your entitled to at least try
Creative entitlement doesn’t mean behaving like a princess or acting as though the world owes you anything whatsoever. No, creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here and that, merely by being here – you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own!
Without this arrogance of belonging you will never be able to take any creative risks whatsoever. without it you will never push yourself out of the suffocating insulation of personal safety and into the frontiers of the beautiful and the unexpected.
The arrogance of belonging is not about egotism or self absorption. In a strange way its the opposite it is a divine force that will actually take you out of yourself and allow you to engage more fully with life. Because often what keeps you from creative living is your self absorption – your self doubt, your self disgust, your self judgment your crushing sense of self protection.
The arrogance of belonging pulls you out of the darkest depths of self hatred not by saying I am the greatest but merely by saying ‘I am here’.