Do you remember when the future seemed so far away? As a little kid in the 1970s no one asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up and expected a serious answer. Now, here we all are — in an explosion of information and perspectives. Who do you hear most clearly?
When you are about to face a large life change — having a child, starting your own company, retiring — people often ask, “what did you think this experience would be like?” We are constantly in a state of imaginative anticipation of the future. It is the hope that keeps us going. But it can also be the vision that slows us down, as we critique the fidelity of reality vs. our imagination. Some people call this state “slippage” defined as: “failure to maintain an expected level, fulfill a goal, meet a deadline, etc. loss, decline, decay, or delay, falling off.” Slippage sounds negative, but I find a positive association in it. Once you realize that there is no perfection, there is probably no true fidelity. Art is the process of striving towards an ideal, trying to close the gap between our imagination and the real world. Creating is embracing a controlled chaos, which I think is often just another way of saying, inspiration.
How do you allow for controlled chaos? How do you let inspiration in?
For me, I have always noticed that a “car” metaphor works for me. I don’t have any “drive” unless I have filled myself up with books, articles, art, questions….then I reach a tipping point, and finally things begin to catch, I feel ignition and movement. What is your creative metaphor? Can you put into words what starts the process for you? It could be your new formula….