So, I had this grand plan idea – in honor of the theme of Taking Flight this month – that I would watch the movie Amelia and have some amazing revelation to share with you about how it inspired me to be more creative and soar to greater heights with Creative Fridays this week. Not quite the case.
In fact, I’m sad to say that I fell asleep during the first hour of it last night. The second part is playing in the background as I write this – Hillary Swank’s (kind of odd) old-fashioned accent as Amelia Earhart interspersed with overly dramatic violin scores… For some reason it’s just not resonating with me. (No offense to Hillary or Mira Nair, by the way. There are a lot of great things about it.)
Have you seen it? What did you think?
This whole experience is making me realize that as much as I can have an idea in my head about a certain message or idea I want to convey, the best creations come unplanned or by accident. It’s still important to have a plan, however. You just need to be open to it changing form.
So although I don’t have a really profound message for you about Amelia Earhart this week, at the very least I can say that it reminded me to stay open to the plan changing form, and I encourage you to do the same this week.
- Let yourself play and do something you normally wouldn’t do.
- Don’t take things too seriously.
- People are more interested in you than in the grand plan ideas that you have.
- Watch Amelia if you want to giggle a bit by trying to imitate her accent.
And to close on a happy accident that did come out of this –
I rediscovered a book that was given to me 10 years ago, and it just so happens to have a flight theme. It’s called Illusions by Richard Bach and involves pilots in Indiana, Messiahs in hidden form, and instructions on how to dissolve the clouds blocking sunshine in your life. If I was to make a summer reading list for Creative Fridays, this would be first on the list.
Here’s a quote from the book:
is your exercise-book, the pages
on which you do your sums.
It is not reality,
although you can express reality
there if you wish.
You are also free to write nonsense,
or lies, or to tear
Feel free this Friday, and the rest will follow.
Can’t wait to see some of you tonight!!!
To using your wings,
And P.S. One of the last lines of the movie, which I heard through this video interview with Mastin Kipp and Marie Forleo, was what inspired me to watch the movie in the first place. I'll leave the quote here for you so that you don't have to watch the movie to get it. Unless you want to ;)
“Everyone has oceans to fly as long as you have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”