Are you ready to experience some Big Magic? There’s more than you thought could ever exist, just packed away in the pages of this book.
Big Magic is waiting for you.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearElizabeth Gilbert
Pages per day: 39
I fell in love with Elizabeth Gilbert after reading Eat, Pray, Love the book that single-handedly (single-pagedly?) sent a huge portion of women around the world on journeys of self-discovery. Well, she’s done it again in the form of Big Magic: I was instantly hooked and inspired, and was once again convinced that if I ever had the honour of meeting Elizabeth in real life, rather than just through the pages of a book, that we’d be best friends.
What I love about Big Magic is that it’s not one of those self-help books about overcoming fear. This book, instead, explains that you won’t overcome fear, and you shouldn’t try. Fear exists for a reason, and it can either help you or hinder you, so you should learn to acknowledge it and use it to your advantage. It’s refreshing and exciting to get this perspective, because fear is part of everyone’s lives, but if we look upon it as a tool to grow and create, we can utilise so much of its energy and wisdom.
Big Magic happens when you least expect it, and often when you’re afraid. Generally, it’ll whiz right through you before you’re even aware of what’s going on. Living a creative life, says Elizabeth, and learning to hear and feel Big Magic as it approaches you, will allow you to take it by the reigns and harness all of its power and inspiration. That’s what this book is all about: living a life you love, and one that allows you to live creatively and passionately enough that you can draw inspiration from anywhere, and go with the flow when it hits. The catch, however, is that you must never stop creating.
It does feel odd to even rate this book, as Elizabeth reminds you that she hasn’t written this book for you or me, but rather, for herself. She’s big on the idea of doing things for yourself, rather than for others. The process of creating what you love and being passionate and happy, she says, in turn, inspires other people to live a life full of creativity and, hopefully, Big Magic. Which is true – when you’re reading your favourite book of listening to your favourite song, the creator hasn’t written it for you, but you’re still inspired because you can tell they are passionate about what they do.
Read this book if you’ve lost your way a little bit. Read this book if you need to get your ass in gear and do shit. Read this book if your life lacks creativity, or passion, or adventure. Read this book if you’re afraid, and read it if you’re afraid but you’re going for it anyway. Long story short, I’m convinced that everyone should read this book, because I think there’s incredibly valuable pieces of advice in here for absolutely anyone. If you didn’t believe in Big Magic before, just wait until you read this book. It’s there. It’s here. It exists.
You can pick it up from Book Depository here with free shipping worldwide – please let me know if you read it (or have already read it!) – I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, and if it has inspired you in any way!
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