You probably wouldn't notice it. Kelsey did, though...and after some conversation we both realized we need to get excercise that goes beyond the one handed, 17lb baby lift. That will help...but that's not it in entirety.
I believe it also has something to do with creativity. Zack recently wrote about his desire to be great. Mine is a little like that, although more than I want to be great, I want to be creative. Not "that painting matches the couch" creative, but Holy Freaking Cow, Who Would Have Thought of Doing That creative. My assumption is it would involve writing, but who knows - maybe my assumption is wrong. I don't want to be so tied to a medium that I miss the one good idea God may have wired me for. I don't want to type. I want to create.
Via Guy Kawasaki's blog, I ran across an essay by Hugh MacLeod entitled "How to Be Creative." MacLeod is a hypercreative who draws and writes here. He is known for cartooning on business cards...the backs, not the fronts. He also makes some genius remarks about creativity in an essay he wrote for Change This, a site dedicated to New Media and clever dissemination of thoughts.
MacLeod's essay, simply entiteld "How to Be Creative" is a 49 page magazine style missive about what it takes to make ideas flow. It is insightful, funny and sometimes counterintuitive. He also uses some of the words we don't say in our house, so let that be your warning. If you're interested, you can download the entire .pdf here.
I will quote a few abbreviated thoughts that resonated with me, either because I'm already doing them or feel the challenge to adopt them. Again, these are from Hugh MacLeod's essay "How to Be Creative":
I'm committing to exploring this creativity within. I want to make something. It may or may not make sense, but it will be making something, and making something is inherently more interesting than worrying about making sense.
- Ignore everybody. The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you.
- Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships. That is why good ideas are always initially resisted. Good ideas come with a heavy burden, which is why so few people have them. So few people can handle it.
- Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with books on algebra. Being suddenly hit years later with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you"I'd like my crayons back, please."....your wee voice doesn't want you to sell something. Your wee voice wants you to make something. There's a big difference...the wee voice didn't show up because it decided you need more money or need to hang out with movie stars. Your wee voice came back because your soul somehow depends on it.