Another planet

A scene from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

“My mom asked the librarian, who told us to try InterLibrary Loan. I was also obsessed with all things outer space, and InterLibrary sounds a lot like interplanetary, so I was excited.” Nick Ripatrazone

I still remember the first time I saw Star Wars Episode 1 as a seven year old, crammed into our family friend’s lounge with a swarm of other children, staring up at the wall where someone had used an old projector to make a large enough image for everyone to see.

Combined with the many books I grew up reading about sea voyages and expeditions, watching a movie about space exploration and new worlds gave me an insatiable itch to be a space explorer, navigating unchartered territory and sailing through the stars.

As an adult I still love to read books about people who go to wild, unexplored places or watch movies about space exploration like Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who. Staring into the unknown lights up my imagination and terrifies me.

And the best and worst part about being creative is how much of the unknown you face everyday.

When I start a new piece of writing or a song, I never know where I’ll end up. Even if I know where I want to go, getting to that outcome is never a linear or guaranteed process.

Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty, has this to say about uncertainty and creativity: “The butterflies [of uncertainty] are there for a reason. They are signposts that what you’re seeking to create matters. Rather than hunt and kill them by default, spend some time learning how to listen to them, then if it makes sense, train in the skills and processes that’ll allow you to harness and ride them to greatness. “

Just like Anakin learning to drive a podracer, I want to learn to ride the uncertainty better and find a new way to be creative in the midst of uncertainty. Time to saddle up those butterflies!

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