February read

Have you ever had that nagging doubt about whether you’re truly a creative person? Yeah, me too.

I’ve come to realise something: creativity isn’t just about creating masterpieces; it’s about the process, the journey, the constant motion of putting things out there, whether they’re perfect or not.

Reading “The Creative Act: A Way of Being” by Rick Rubin was like having a heart-to-heart chat with a wise friend who gets it.

Rubin’s book dives deep into what it means to be creative. It’s about baring your soul, expressing your unique perspective, and making art that matters because it’s personal. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “The personal is what makes art matter.” It hits home, doesn’t it? It’s not about how technically skilled you are; it’s about pouring your heart into your craft.

Lines like “Great art is created through freedom of self-expression and received with freedom of individual interpretation” are like little bursts of inspiration that make you go, “Yes! That’s it!”

It’s the kind of book that sticks with you. I found myself wanting to share its insights with everyone I know.

I started off reading the e-book version. Now I loved it so much that I’m thinking of getting the physical book too. There’s just something about having it on my shelf, ready to flip through whenever I’m feeling stuck or in need of a creative boost.