bring something

Bring Something

I couldn’t agree more.

And here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter what level of exposure the thing you bring into the world experiences. If you write, for example, you don’t have to have an audience of thousands. If your thing is a recipe you developed all on your own that you only serve when you have a few friends over for dinner, that’s okay, too. If you craft a table that sits in your own home and you never, not once, post a picture of it on Facebook or Pinterest or Twitter, but you enjoy the hell out of that table, then that was the point, wasn’t it?

Creation is an act unto itself. When you create something, you’re working a little magic. You’re making something real that previously existed only in your mind. It doesn’t matter if the number of witness is 1 or 1 million. Magic is magic. Creation is always a worthwhile endeavour.

The temptation is to think the things we create are validated by their degree of popularity. They aren’t. If you’re lucky enough to make a few bucks from what you’ve created, or even more, to make a career out of making things, good for you. That’s an enviable position to be in. But a best-selling author, celebrity chef or world class artist isn’t doing anything more powerful or worthy or right than you. Anyone brave enough to create brings something good into the world–provided, of course, you aren’t creating the virus that spawns the zombie apocalypse.

So get busy making something. Tell a story only you can tell. Cook something no one else knows how to cook. Plant a garden. Start a blog. Take on a project around the house you’ve been putting off. Create. And when you do, know that you are doing something essentially human. Something we need to do.

And then, when the creation process is over, be sure to kick back for a moment and smile, knowing you created that, and in doing so, brought a little magic into the world.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

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