I met Black Mwana ( Kudzanai Matilda Kurotwi) during WinterABC2021 and she has become a friend and a blogging sister🥰. She will be reviewing Big Magic written by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Q: What is creativity?
A: The relationship between a human being and mysteries of inspiration.
This book is about self-expression. Exploring the creativity within you, how to make the magic blossom and having confidence in yourself. It is a book that encourages self-awareness and be the person you want to be regardless of the challenges and risks.
In the first chapter Elizabeth lists down a number of fears (picture below) and it’s not even all of them.
The point is fear will always be a part of our lives. We can’t run away from it, I would say fear makes us do better bette everyday. We fear failure hence we strive for success always and make sure we aren’t in the bondages of our fears.
She goes on to talk about pursuing what you love and curious about. Elizabeth talks about her father who had solid faith in his own capabilities. He was self-aware. *Self-awareness*- in as much as we want feedback or responses (positive) from others, we should be confident and be brave enough to pursue what we believe in.
“I suggest you remove the suggestion box”(filter it maybe)- It would mean to follow your own path. Be the person you dream of being. We make our own lives, how we make ourselves solely depends on the choices we make and how we view ourselves.
*What thoughts do you have over yourself*
*How often do you think highly of your creative side*
As a creative do you defend yourself? How often do you declare your intent? Whatever it is you do, say it out loud. You have to own it, be able to let the universe know that you are amazing.
I’m a writer. I’m an actor. I’m this. I’m that. I’m also this other thing too.
This book clearly defines originality and authenticity. Yes what you’re doing has been done before. Yes nobody is thinking about you. But:
“ Go be whomever you want to be, then.
Do whatever you want to do.
Pursue whatever fascinates you and brings you to life.
Create whatever you want to create—and let it be stupendously
imperfect, because it’s exceedingly likely that nobody will even notice.
And that’s awesome”– Elizabeth Gilbert
Keep pursuing what you truly believe in, trust me it is worth the try.
You can read more of Kudzanai’s work on Black mwana’s memoir