Every so often a book will come along that will drag you from the depths of your own bitter perception of yourself, and lift you up to the sun.
And sometimes you have to keep re-reading it so you can keep reminding yourself of the true magic that you are, that you actually have a right to be in this magical universe, and that you don't need anybody's permission to create, to love, or to just be yourself.
First, let me just say, Liz Gilbert is magical, just like you and I of course, but I think anyone will agree she is overtly magical, and anything she says well, I'd like to just eat up and store in my cheek like a squirrel for years to come.
It's one thing when you have someone telling you that you CAN do things, you CAN make things and you DO have permission, but it's another when they back it up with magic and things like divinity and enchantment.
And let's face it, things like magic and divinity are simply more attractive than just hearing someone tell you point blank, hey, you can do this!
Throughout the course of Big Magic, I learned that my fling with inspiration and creativity is deeply meaningful (and also not so meaningful), but meaningful in the way that the outcomes don't matter at all. That you make art for the thrill of it, for the release of it, more so than the success of it.
This is inherently beautiful because we stunt our creativity and inspiration by placing the importance of our art in the hands of other people. We just give the thing away.
I'm guilty of this.
If I'm making someone that no one else is excited about, it bums me out. I feel like I'm off creating something nobody wants and that I'm just following some made-up pattern of failure that I was born into.
But Liz Gilbert reminds us of our very own Big Magic in this book, and while I can probably list about 100 times she inspired me to create unapologetically throughout it, I'll narrow it down to 17 that apply to all sorts of situations, like remembering who we truly are, and owning up to our true magnificence.
Here are 17 times Liz Gilbert reminded us that we were insanely magical.
(Please remember this).