I am a BIG fan of listening to books read by the author – not sure why they don’t do that more! So when I heard that Elizabeth Gilbert read Big Magic I quickly got it on Audible. It was a fast listen, one of those that I take with me everywhere – walks, grocery store, my commute, everywhere! I wish I could have Liz in my ear at all times, she is such a ray of sunshine and hope and also this can-do, don’t be bothered by fitting the mold attitude. I highly recommend this book to anyone but especially if you are an artist, creative, lover of language or someone that needs a gentle yet solid push in the direction of remembering why you do what you do in the first place.
From the section on Permission:
You do not need anyone’s permission to lead a creative life.
And this is the mic drop of all mic drops to most of us creatives. I hold these words dear to my heart. The entire book is full of gems like this. I listened to the book twice and finally bought the physical book which I keep on my desk. I pull it out now and again — reread sections of genius, now all marked up.