When I was in high school, I used my dad's high 8 video recorder. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. My friends and I made stupid videos at my parent's house; kids being kids. The best video we created was a fake episode of cops in the middle of the night in my parents neighborhood. My friend Jeff was the unfortunate victim and was 'handcuffed' on the curb for drunk driving. In his case, bad acting was the real crime. I made sure to make the video shaky to create a sense of chaos like the real show. I never laughed so hard in my life.
All that to say, creating just to create way back in the day was borderline mindless and with no apparent purpose. But guess what? It was A BLAST.
Freedom to create without borders and pressure. What a novel idea! Some of the best work I've seen from others and myself happen after a simple dream and just DOING it!
This past Saturday I was reminded of this idea by Stephen Brewster (@b_rewster), Creative Pastor @CrossPoint_tv at @lifept during our @worshipsociety advanced lab. Many points he brought to the table reflect many of my current practices regarding writing, reading, communication, routine, etc.
The principle of loving art (or whatever you love) and reconnecting! Nostalgic for some. Man. It's so easy to forget when you charge money for your creative expertise. The point stuck on me like glue.
So, let's make a pact to create everyday, no matter your professional. Write a poem, draw a sketch, snap a photo in a different way, paint with your kid, write a song for the first time...doesn't matter. It's beautiful, no matter what you make.
Ok...now to switch gears.
Back in high school, when I was making mindless, fun (but proving to be productive) videos, I'm sure my mom laughed and told me, "that's really good Erick, you did a great job!"
Mom...I love you and you are the ultimate Champion.
Nowadays, however, being a professional means I need Challengers in my life more than Champions; people who will put energy into my work by telling me how to improve, correct and creatively dissect my work.
You need these individuals in your life, also. It's hard to take a punch to the gut but I wake up when I'm challenged.
Remember, we need to Champion others, too, and be true in that endeavor. Take the time to point out an impressive accomplishment for someone. They will likely reciprocate, building your confidence, as well.
Go Champion or Challenge someone this week. You'll be better for it. So will they.
Now, excuse me while I go dig through archives to find that Cops episode.