Courage To Create
I listened to the book Courage to Create by Rollo May. May is an existential psychologist who believes that creativity is the ultimate goal in our life and the only way for each of us to reach our true potential.
"The creative process must be explored not as a sickness but as representing the highest degree of emotional health, as the expression of normal people in the act of actualizing themselves."
May believed in the importance of embracing anxiety and limits in life. To focus all that tension toward creating. He is clear that he isn't talking about decoration, hobby, or talent for technique, he's talking about self expression. He suggests that readers fully immerse themselves in the conceptualization of art. That we fully invest in the "encounter" or vision for the work and also for the "intensity" of the absorption that comes with fulling that vision by creating the work. Only in that state can we be truly freed from our anxiety/fear, reach our full potential, and experience true JOY!