having a background in Art History I had often heard the term “prolific” used to describe an artist (think Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso) and just assumed that the word could be used interchangeably with “important, meaningful, or influential” until one day, I decided I would actually look it up…And do you know what that damn Microsoft Office Dictionary said?!
pro*lif*ic—1: highly productive, producing works frequently and in large quantities
Whhhaaat? You mean, you have to actually DO something (as opposed to just thinking, dreaming, or talking about it)???
I’m still not quite sure why this discovery had such a pronounced effect on me, but you know what else I found when I scrolled down to the Thesaurus? The word “creative.” Again (synonym)…huh??? So, naturally, I clicked on it.
cre*a*tive—1: able to create or produce things
And it’s with this particular interpretation of the word that I read the above quote, so that in my head it looked more like this:
“To live a creative/productive/prolific life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Sooo…against all my fears, worries, and doubts…I hereby embrace imperfection and embark on this little blog journey in pursuit of the creative life!
PS—You can come with me if you want to :)