The hunger to make a difference


Was browsing latest tweets and came across this gem from Hugh at Gapingvoid, simply can’t wait for his next book. Chapter 2 is a stroke of genius  in that it puts words around this feeling that drives me, and I’m sure not only me, but creatives the world over – and makes us vacillate between utter highs and deep lows, when we feel things are coming together and life at last has a purpose, only to be thrown into the doldrums the next moment when all the hard work seems in vain.

The Hun­ger to do something crea­tive.

The Hun­ger to do something ama­zing.

The Hun­ger to change the world.

The Hun­ger to make a dif­fe­rence.

The Hun­ger to enjoy one’s work.

The Hun­ger to be able to look back and say, Yeah, cool, I did that.

The Hun­ger to make the most of this utterly brief blip of time Crea­tion has given us.

The Hun­ger to dream the good dreams.

The Hun­ger to have ama­zing peo­ple in our lives.

The Hun­ger to have the synap­ses con­ti­nually fired up on over­drive.

The Hun­ger to expe­rience beauty.

The Hun­ger to tell the truth.

The Hun­ger to be part of something big­ger than your­self.

The Hun­ger to have good sto­ries to tell.

The Hun­ger to stay the course, des­pite of the odds.

The Hun­ger to feel pas­sion.

The Hun­ger to know and express Love.

The Hun­ger to know and express Joy.

The Hun­ger to chan­nel The Divine.

The Hun­ger to actually feel alive.

The Hun­ger will give you everything. And it will take from you, everything. It will cost you your life, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

But kno­wing this, of course, is what ulti­ma­tely sets you free.

I apologize in advance to Hugh for quoting this in its entirety – it’s simply so well written, like a poem – that cutting it off in the middle would be a travesty to the meaning and significance it conveys.

It also made me think of the conflict I have felt part of myself since more or less forever, the two worlds that are at times hard to reconcile and when opportunities arise to do it, the pleasure is veritable. At the heart of is the curious combination of an artist and sculptor whose driving passion is to change the world, remind us of the meaning and beauty (my dad) and the ballet dancer – turned entrepreneur, who built up the business around my dad’s jewellery design (my mum). A curious combination of extremes in one sense and the pursuit of beauty, purpose and meaning on the other and the background to my own relentless pursuit of growth through play, learning, creativity and innovation. All driven by the Hunger that arises from the conflict between those two worlds.

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