Few everyday moments equal those spent at the beach in their serenity. In Southern California, there’s a beach every two miles along the coast. My quick research produced quite the find: over one hundred beaches in our side of the state.
There is a certain connection between the beach — the ocean — and creativity. The serenity helps; but the vastness of the ocean, I think, taps into the risk-taking side of the creative.
In Einstein at the Beach, Steven Kotler makes a connection between risk taking and creativity. Spending time at the beach, better yet in the ocean, offers a risk-taking snap shot. Einstein, as the article indicates, couldn’t swim, so venturing into the water came at a risk. Still, the ocean is vastly unpredictable.
Creativity is the act of making something from nothing. It requires making public those bets first placed by imagination. ~ Einstein at the Beach
If true, when creatively blocked, taking risks is the way out. We must make public those bets first placed by imagination. Consider that statement for a second. I felt something akin to making public bets first placed by imagination — a new and different fear — when my mystery novel, Stranger or Friend, was released last year.
I still wonder if fear of putting oneself out there ever goes away, or we allow creativity and fear to coexist.
So, what say you, dear blogging friend? If fear never goes away, do we do what we must while afraid?