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.