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If you can take only one step towards happiness, let it be this: Create.
Create something. Anything. Make it something you really enjoy doing. Or, learn to enjoy doing it during the process.
It could be something you’ve always wanted to try. Or, it could be something that you have been doing for years. Whatever your experience level with your chosen creation, practice it on a regular basis.
Don’t worry about the results. Don’t worry if it is good or not. Don’t worry what people might say. Just create.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t get paid for it or if it never receives critical acclaim. What matters is bringing your creation to life. Creating something where there was once nothing.
Engaging in the creative process takes us outside of the little experiences of daily life. You know those things that we shouldn’t pay that much attention to, but we do anyway. Those things take a back seat while practicing creativity.
You might just find yourself sitting down to create, and finding that hours have passed without you being aware of it. The process itself might become so enjoyable that you would practice this activity whether there were any external rewards or not. That’s because the creative process is it’s own reward.
Can you imagine if everything you did was it’s own reward? What would life feel like then?
“I began by tinkering around with some old tunes I knew. Then, just to try something different, I set to putting some music to the rhythm that I used in jerking ice-cream sodas at the Poodle Dog. I fooled around with the tune more and more until at last, lo and behold, I had completed my first piece of finished music. ” — Duke Ellington