Big Magic is one long permission slip to embrace the inspiration and resulting in creativity that could permeate our lives, if we allow it. Each short chapter is an invitation to say ‘yes to dancing with creativity’ - even if we don’t know the steps or the beat!
I purchased Big Magic when it was published in 2015 because I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s story, her sense of humour and her witty writing skills. I read up to page 37, where she theorizes what ideas are, how they collaborate with humans to manifest into reality, and what happens if we say no to them - they just go and find someone else. I shut the book and quarantined it to gather dust on my bookshelf.
Fast forward through nearly five years of maturing, healing, growing and adulting, I felt ready to dust off the cover and finish reading Big Magic and give ‘ideas’ another chance. At this time in my life, I had a very different perspective on fear, failure, and what I was personally capable of achieving.
Having mentioned this experience to a group of my friends and some clients, it appeared that others had similar experiences when starting to read the book. It was then we decided to review the book collectively, and like ‘magic’ an Okanagan book club organically came together with a group of the most interesting and delightful women!
Gilbert writes “creativity is a path for the brave, but it is not a path for the fearless, and it’s important to recognize the distinction”.