Creativity & Inspiration

By Annie 

Vic Ones, the second semester of your first year is coming to a close. I know the temptation to waste away scrolling through memes and pulling all-nighters is a strong one, and I know that that reality may be unavoidable for a lot of you. But here is my final attempt at urging you to make the most of your time in Vic One.

First, I recommend re-reading the quotations from my Frosh Week blog post. Reflect on which quotations inspired you then, and which you have come to appreciate now.

Here are some quotations I hope will emphasize the importance of creativity and finding inspiration, even when work seems overwhelming, or when endings are in sight:

Look around you: I mean it. Pause, for a moment and look around the room that you are in. I’m going to point out something so obvious that it tends to be forgotten. It’s this: that everything you can see, including the walls, was, at some point, imagined. Someone decided it was easier to sit on a chair than on the ground and imagined the chair. This room and the things in it, and all the other things in this building, this city, exist because, over and over and over, people imagined things. Neil Gaiman, Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done. Austin Kleon

No one is you and that is your power. Dave Grohl

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for. Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society

Art must take reality by surprise. Françoise Sagan  

Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever. Anonymous

A REMINDER: As you create things you love, you are creating yourself. Create things that make you better – not necessarily happier, but perhaps more open, more expressive, and impressed with yourself.

ANOTHER REMINDER: Not everything you create has to be perfect. I have dozens of Word documents filled with streams of consciousness and deplorable poetry. Even though my daily ramblings and attempts at being ~deep~ can be cringe-worthy, I always feel better when I’m creating. I find out something about myself, no matter what.

Thank you for a lovely year, Vic Ones. 🙂


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