To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Welcome to the next stage in the journey of a Creative Superhero! We've made it through the Backstory and into Discovery. Discovery is exactly what it sounds like, the part of the story where you begin to discover who you are - the combination of gifts, talents, strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and traits that make you unique! The process of Discovery can be both exhilarating and terrifying. It is exciting to discover that you have incredible talents and gifts! You have power to change the world around you, either for good or evil. At the same time it can be isolating to realize that you are the only one who feels, sees, and responds exactly like you.
Most people begin Discovery at a very young age, but depending on your Backstory - culture, family expectations, etc - you may not have been in a safe enough environment to fully discover your powers until adulthood. Either way, it is never too late to start Discovery! Though you may know what some of your unique gifts and talents are, it is likely that you have others still waiting to be discovered. As uncomfortable as it may feel, this stage is essential - you cannot exercise Creative Superpowers that you don't know exist.
Often the only thing required to enter the Discovery stage is giving yourself permission. You have permission to listen to the little nudging inside your heart that says, "Maybe I'd like to paint, or dance, or sing, or draw, or cook, or ..." What creative expression causes your heart to jump and makes you feel alive to think about doing? Allowing yourself to recognize your areas of talent and passion will start you on the pathway to Unveiling Your Creative Superpowers!
For more in depth help walking through this stage check out Chapter Two in the Bright Ideas Book.
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Virginia Beach, VA. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing music and blog post, designing pretty web things, drinking coffee, experimentally cooking, and exploring her city. You can listen to Emily's music, follow her adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or hire her here.