After navigating the waters of your Backstory and Discovering your inner creative garden with all of it's potential, we're reached one of the best parts of the Creative Superhero's Journey - Fun & Games. Fun & Games is the stage where you experiment, try new things, fail, learn, try again, play, explore, and have fun! If you've seen any superhero movie, this is the part where the hero has reconciled themselves to the fact that they have powers and begins to test them. In Spiderman, for instance, you see him climbing up walls, refining his web slinging technique, and starting to swing between buildings during this stage. He also goes through iterations of his costume and starts to find his look and persona.
Spiderman's web throwing was not nuanced at first, it took him a many tries to find the best way and he got a few scrapes in the process. His skills grew to meet the challenges that he faced as he tried and failed. Similarly, you will likely not be very good at your initial forays into your new found creative expression, and that is more than ok! This is the fun part where you get to try, fail, learn, and try again! Remember - failure is a learning experience, not a destination or an identity. Failure is a result, a good result, it means that you tried something! Failure is a great teacher. I love Thomas Edison's quote:
I have not failed, I've just found ten thousand ways that won't work.
In Fun & Games, success is found in not giving up and in enjoying the process. This process can, and should be, fun! If it is not fun, look for the sneaky enemy of Fun & Games: Perfectionism. Perfectionism puts pressure on your creative expression to be perfect, mature, profound, and profitable right out of the gate. "It doesn't matter that you're practicing hand lettering with crayons for fun, if it can't be retailed, it's not worth trying," Perfectionism's inappropriate standards poison our burgeoning efforts. The Creative Superhero's journey is a long game. No mere "get rich quick scheme," this journey is a steady investment into your creative future - one that will reap dividends if you keep at it. The pursuit of excellence is part of the creative process, but that comes later, for now, it is enough to create and let the honing of your skills come with time.
This creative journey is an invitation, not a demand. You are never required to pursue your creativity, but you always have the opportunity to explore your creative potential. Let yourself play! Have fun! Don't take yourself too seriously!
Practical action: write the phrase, “I’m not perfect and that’s ok,” or a similar meaningful phrase to encourage yourself and put it in a prominent place where you will be sure to see it.
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, loving life in Virginia Beach, VA, by way of DEN, CLT, & NYC. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing music and blogs, 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.