Sometimes the hardest way to go is forward, especially when going forward means leaving behind the life you thought you'd have forever for the unknown. For the unknown comes with its own brand of heartache and disappointment. But it also affords us the opportunity to unlock a new realm of potential.
Not too long ago, I caught an episode of Super Soul Sunday with guest Carole Bayer Sager. She is a well-accomplished songwriter who has worked with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, and Reba McEntire, among others (per Carole's bio).
On Super Soul Sunday, Carole mentioned that after a while the calls to write songs came less frequently. The lack of work inspired her to redirect her creative energy. She wrote a memoir entitled "They're Playing Our Song," and began to focus on visual arts generating paintings of subjects close to my heart such as chocolate, popcorn, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
As a Christian, I believe that we are all made in God's image. And since we are made in His image, I also believe that we are all creators or creatives. I think that there is something in us that is drawn to the challenge of seeing something in a new light, finding the solution to a complex problem, or forming something with our own two hands. We are infinite immortals...
We all have an infinite amount of potential in our respective areas of creativity - whether you are a songwriter or a mathematician. Our creative gene can evolve and translate to new environments. It is never truly lost.
I also think that our creativity (if tapped into) is what makes us immortal. It is the DNA that fuels and shapes our legacy. No one is able to see the world quite like you do, from your unique propsective, and no one ever will again. So the question is: what will you do with that power?