That is, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Click here for a review of this book by the New York Times.
Since the respected Ogun Holder recommended the book, I just ordered it on Amazon and loved it. I have eight quotes for your perusal. Perhaps, they are enough to have you borrow the book from your local library or buy it. Enjoy.
When I refer to “creative living,” I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.
Bravery means doing something scary.
It’s never too late.
Fake it til you make it.
Perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it’s also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.
We all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth –nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow.
First of all, forgive yourself.
Whatever you do, try not to dwell too long on your failures. You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters. You don’t need to know what anything means.