We create to live and we live to create. Everything is an act of creation: making your toast in the morning, making your lists for the day, the work that you do. What we call art only turns the light on, and we are made self-aware of this continual act of renewal of which we are a part in the world each and every day.
When I was a kid, I had a dream in which someone told me that if you write with your childhood pen, you will always be in love. I knew this didn’t mean something romantic. It meant a way of being alive in the world. I remember thinking, what were all these adults so afraid of that they couldn’t live the life they wanted? That they couldn’t make waves and be who they were with out being pounded down by society? It seemed so simple.
What if it is simple? Wouldn’t that be the scariest part? “To encourage” literally means to give someone back their heart. This is all I want to do with my life, with as many people as possible. It starts at home and from there spreads to the world. Where’s your childhood pen?