Jul 14, 2015

Creativity: The Bucket is Never Empty

There was a time when I absolutely refused to create a bucket list. You know that list of things you want to do before you die. Just the idea that the bucket would be empty and then I would die was more than this small town girl could wrap her mind around. All I could think was, why are those people in such a hurry to do all those things? Don't they know that when the bucket is empty their life is over? It was wrong on so many levels I cannot even begin to tell you why.
I often talked about my fear of the bucket list. My friends really didn't understand why I was resisting the idea. Someone pointed out to me that I could keep adding things to it, new ideas and goals and adventures. For some reason I thought that I would run out of things to do. It kept me from even thinking about those things I would wish for or set out to do. In fact, up until this very day I have never given a bucket list a try.

Then along came Maya Angelou, one of the wisest women I have ever known. She didn't pretend to know everything I don't think and she surely didn't need to be perfect. But in the end it was all about her creativity. In a Maya Angelou quote posted by Mrs. AOK as a writing prompt, Ms. Angelou referred to the endless possibilities of creativity. She said:
"You can't use up your creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
The truth is that if I had a bucket list, it would be full of idea, creative notions and bobbles. Those things would be all the things I need to create and experience. If Ms. Angelou is right I would not need to add things, they would simply multiply on their own. I love that concept that creativity is multiplied each time we use it. Isn't that wonderful?


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Gwen said...

The only thing for sure on my bucket list is seeing Stevie Wonder live in concert, and attending the Masters Golf tournament. I'm just 'winging' everything else. :)

Karen D. Austin said...

I do like that quote by Angelou about creativity increasing with use. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I don't have a bucket list either--in part because I don't want to think about being "done" and in part because I have lived long enough to know that my interest, priorities and values can reshuffle every now and then. I can't know now what I want to do for the next 3 or 4 decades. I have to be flexible. That's a key part to good mental health. All my best to you, Barbara with your non-bucket non-list!

Mrs.AOK said...

We may be kindred spirits, I was resisting the "bucket list" too. It seems so final. Perhaps, it's the word bucket... I don't want to think about "kicking the bucket". I want my bucket to overflow.
I believe a life lived will multiply with opportunity, goals, and creativeness.
Cheers to checking things off our list and adding more, and more, and more... :)

Thanks for joining me!

Barbara Torris said...

I love your two choices for possible adventures. Golf is a love of mine and of course Stevie Wonder is a wonder. Good luck.

Barbara Torris said...

You have hit the nail on the head...being flexible is really what it is all about. I might add that I think being open to change is a mindset we all need to embrace. I see those that have those skills and those who don't. The ones that don't fade away faster than one can imagine.

Barbara Torris said...

Mrs. AOK,

I hadn't thought about the word "bucket". It really is not a lovely image is it? I would rather fill a beautiful basket with all those things we want to accomplish. Thanks for stopping by.


Anne Louise Bannon said...

I've always said that I'd have to live to 200 to do all the things I'd like to try. Gotta figure out how to fund most of the current items, though.

Barbara Torris said...

Yes, there is the matter of finances...it is always hanging out there isn't it?

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