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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Creative Ignorance is Bliss

This Mid-Week Oasis Moment was inspired by the amazing commencement address given by award winning novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter Neil Gaiman last year at The University of the Arts. (see more below) One of the many fabulous reminders I took away from his captivating and inspiring speech was that not knowing the rules can be a good thing.

To quote Gaiman, 

"When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.
This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. 

The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who 
had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can.

If you don't know it's impossible it's easier to do. And because nobody's done it before, they haven't made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet."

Though his speech was written for and delivered to a group of college graduates,
it nonetheless spoke directly to my heart - the heart of a 48 year old woman
long past my own college graduation and well into my third or fourth career.
(depending on whether or not you count working on a private sailboat in the Caribbean
as a career move, which I do) Hearing Gaiman's wise, compassionate and inspiring words
filled me with as much hope and desire to go forth and
live my creative dreams
as if I too were just starting out in the "real world."

Click here to see video of his wonderful speech and read more reminders that
I believe can serve all of us pursuing our creative dreams no matter how long ago
we finished school, or if like Gaiman, we never pursued higher education at all!


Join me for my
Living the Creative Life Workshop
Saturday, June 8 from 1 to 4:30pm
Pigment School of the Arts

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Thanks for joining me for this Mid-Week Oasis Moment.
Please feel free to share with anyone you think could use a bit of creative inspiration and permission!

Until next time, all the best from my Creative Oasis to yours, 

 Jill Allison Bryan 
Certified Master Kaizen-Muse®Creativity Coach
Founder of Creative Oasis Coaching(TM)

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