Quotes to Live By - Do It For Your Love of It

Posted by Lauren Eyer

"Your own reasons to create are reason enough.  Merely by pursuing what you love, you may inadvertently end up healing us plenty.  Do whatever brings you to life, then.  Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions.  Trust them.  Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.  The rest of it will take care of itself."
-Elizabeth Gilbert
This quote comes from the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Many of you may know her more for her book, Eat, Pray, Love.  I recently went back to Big Magic after reading it earlier this year because she has so many good nuggets of wisdom in the book about creating or doing for the sake that YOU want to.  It doesn't matter if it's horrible, or great, or noteworthy, or important or even original.  You do it because you LOVE doing it, it's for you, and it comes from a place of authenticity.  This is an important message, I think, because so many people hold themselves back from creating or doing out of fear.  Fear of what others thing.  Fear that it's not original enough, or smart enough, or important enough.  Maybe no one will care or it won't be a huge hit with the masses of people in this world.  The point is, and one that I must constantly remind myself of; that it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.  The world is better off that you did it, that you created it than if you didn't.  You will probably inspire more people because you went through with it and followed your love than if you were doing it for any reason other than for yourself.  People can recognize that you're coming from a place of passion and love for what you do.  It draws them in.  Think about all the people you're drawn to.  More than likely you are drawn to them because they're doing what lights them up inside and you want that to.  I think we all do.  So do it.  Stop making the excuse that it's not good enough for others.  It's for YOU.  It will make your life better, and you'll feel more satisfied and happy because you love what you're creating.

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