I am faced with a weeny bit crazy and yet exciting challenge most days.
Ideas, inspiration and creativity fleeting in and out of my mind.
Teasing me with their goodness.
Leaving me wanting more.
Rapid sparks of brilliance.
Musings that wander into my mind.
Glorious pearls of wisdom raining over me.
Then all too quickly the sparks die, the lingering thoughts stop and the pearls roll away.
I panic, it feels as if I am trying to catch the sun before it goes behind a cloud.
You see the sparks come when I have nothing to catch them with.
My ideas come when I am least prepared to use them.
They don’t always come when I sit down pen poised, a crisp fresh page of my notebook waiting.
They don’t always come when I have the house to myself, the laptop open and a fresh pot of tea brewed.
My creative juice does not flow so freely on demand.
This is a problem for the organiser, the scheduler within me.
These are just some of the challenging places I get hit with mind blowing, exhilarating, fist pumping creativity, inspiration and ideas.
In my gym class
In the middle of the night
While cooking dinner
In the shower
At a concert
How do I capture the sparks before they fades, before I forget, before they are lost forever.
Notepads and pencils everywhere, kitchen bench, bathroom drawer, in the car, in the handbag.
Crayons to write on the glass shower screen (you will need windex to get it off later)
I call in the troops, “QUICK KIDS WRITE THIS DOWN FOR MUMMY!!”
I channel my inner Yogi and repeat the ideas over and over like a chant until I can write them down
I make lots and lots of voice memos on my phone
I type in the Notes App in my phone
Wow, Is this what is really going on?
Then the greatest realisation yet, the more ideas I have, the more inspired I become.
My creativity is not going to run out.
So now I catch the sparks I can, bask in the sun while it is out and trust that there is so much more brightness to come.
I will never run out of ideas.
When do your ideas come and how do you catch them?