Depending on your world view, the highly-creative, free-spirited, march-by-the-beat-of-their-personal-drummer, attention-challenged types among us are either cursed or blessed. Being one of the aforementioned who also resonates with adjectives like "optimistic", I choose to see this kind of wiring as delicious, positive turns of event. That doesn't mean it's always been easy - as if - and it also doesn't mean that I've felt blessed by this kind of wiring every minute of every day.
Nevertheless, I've embraced my lot in life and found ways to make it work for me. Creativity - and "the creative life" - gives me much more happiness than pain.
Over the past few years, another label that creeps up again and again is "Muse." As in "You're my muse." This statement has been offered up to me liberally from a variety of people, though some say it more frequently than others.
Which got me thinking:
Who, then, is my muse? & What does it take to inspire ourselves? & Why don't I have a muse? & Wait. What if I am my own muse? & Can we ALL be our own muses?
The longer I played with these ideas, the more I realized that while it's important to find inspiration from all around us, sometimes in the form of people we might even think of as the literal origin of a certain kind of inspiration, it really IS possible to seek out creative inspiration in everyday places. Some of us just came into the world (and perhaps were nurtured in such a way that turned us toward) finding it easier to pluck inspiration from the tiniest fragment of an sight, sound, smell, taste or idea.
I call this "Muserie".
Muserie: The act and attitude and drive to seek out sparks and encouragement and ideas and all manner of creative inspiration everywhere, every day. In both obvious and odd places. To me, muserie might be as simple as choosing to wear a very specific pair of copper earrings I made for myself, or carrying my laptop to a meeting in a burlap bag with fringe on it while wearing an oversized men's linen shirt given to me by a dear creative friend. Sometimes it truly is just a matter of getting your head on right, as some people might say. Finding creative inspiration can be as simple as tricking ourselves. Again and again. The only word that could possibly cover all that is Muserie!
I have a lot more to tell you about Muserie and the direction I'm going with this idea - "another creative project" if you will. For now, though, it occurred to me that just introducing the topic to others would be a great first step.
Do YOU have a muse? Do you find it easy or challenging to come up with fresh ideas when you need - or just want - them? I'd love to read your comments on the subject! Post a note below?