Why I need the chaos for growth
Life is about choices and I have made alot of poor ones....often throwing my life and those around me into chaoes, and wondering why I continue to make in a lot of cases, bad choices, or choices that cause pain and challenges, but then through some self reflection, I realized that I am creating self inflicted chaos because its the natural nutrients that my life and soul need to be fed in order to grow.
Image by Callum Skelton
It’s a widely held misconception that abundant time, space, and money are prerequisites for great creativity. The idea is baked into Western history, which is chock-full of great moments of discovery that occurred amid aimless repose. Newton suddenly understood gravity after passing time beneath an apple tree. Archimedes discovered that displacement of water was an accurate measure of volume as he lazed in the bath. The list goes on and on.
I found a wonderful supporting article on medium.com that I would love to share that tells more eloquently why you should embrace the chaos around you.
What if the obstacles to our creativity are actually our greatest resources?
written by Sarah McColl
Over the past several months, I’ve made a habit of asking parents in creative fields how children changed their work. It’s a question asked mostly out of self-interest: I’m currently working on my second book (my first came out earlier this year) and, as I write this, I am 37 weeks pregnant with my first child.
Invariably, the parents I talk to speak of the difficulty of juggling their creative output with the demands of day-to-day life — the childcare, the family obligations, the day jobs, the million big and little things that make up a typical chaotic existence. It’s a worry shared by everyone pursuing some sort of creative work, with or without children: How do we find that balance between creativity and everything else?
It’s a worry that used to consume me, too. After all, doom-and-gloomers throughout the ages have proclaimed the incompatible aims of family and art. “There is no more somber enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” the English literary critic and father Cyril Connolly infamously warned.
But after looking at the lives of lots of different creative people, I’ve realized that balance — the separate maintenance of two distinct parts of life — isn’t the most fruitful thing to strive for.