What makes it possible for you to have worthwhile ideas?
As TED curator Chris Anderson puts it: “There’s one thing you have that no one else in the world has: Your own first-person experience of life. Yesterday you saw a sequence of things and experiences a sequence of emotions that is, quite literally, unique. You are the only human among 7 billion who had that exact experience.”
It doesn’t matter if you view your ideas or perspective as anything worthwhile, it’s undoubtedly unique by default. What matters is that you recognize how your unique perspective might translate to some of the other 7 billion humans out there.
Maybe there’s someone who has struggled with something you routinely overcome. Or perhaps there’s a person who is in a similar situation as you were a year ago. If you could find a way to translate your experience, your ideas, how you think and act, you could change each of those person’s lives. And it doesn’t take much, a simple blog post or tweet, a willingness to put your idea onto paper or video, anything that can take the idea or emotion or experience from your own head into at least one other person’s…that’s impactful.
That’s why I still write on Creative Something almost ten years after I began. If I can share my perspective and lessons learned with just one other person, that’s worthwhile. That’s important to me. If I can inspire just one other person, I believe what that one person does next could inspire another, then another, indefinitely. So while my words may fall on some deaf ears, if at least one person is impacted and inspired by what I have to say, my creativity is making a difference in the world.
What perspective or idea can you share? How might you share it? Through writing or art, music, video, by inventing a new product or developing an app? Whatever it is: know that your experience in life is unique, and that makes it valuable.
Artwork by Jasmine Friedl.