You don’t find the Right idea – the Right idea finds you
Inspired by a lack of inspiration
I started this blog roughly a month ago this week and what I’ve learned is that I have absolutely no fucking clue what I’m doing. But I do have a clue-whistle.
As abstract as the idea of finding the right idea may be, let me explain…
Article #1 is a condensed version of an idea I found interesting in a philosophy class, and then wrote about ad insanium in a subsequent essay (and then found a little psychedelic one debaucherous night). I enjoy a drag on the occasional philosophical thought, and that flavour has an unreal aftertaste - so I wrote about it.
Article #2 was more personal. I’ve had the good fortune of inheriting my family's religious attitude towards food. Gastronomy is my hedonistic passion and love, so, naturally, the idea behind the article was endorsed wholeheartedly. "Eating my way to Enlightenment" was thought up, written, and published in one afternoon.
It's like the words were already written and just waiting for my hands to catch up.
Article #3 was a missed swing - a botched bob - a particularly painful parry. Fashion is fun and clothes can be interesting, but I don't care much for trends and my style is rather simple (I usually wear a solid shirt and pants, or maybe shorts if I'm in a flamboyant mood). I jumped back and forth from idea to idea, never quite finding real motivation for the article outside of producing content. Now, every time I re-read that article, I feel the lack of fucks-given and it makes me cringe. I unsuccessfully tried recreating the formula that worked so well in entry #2: working from the intersection of craft and interest.
You can copy technique, but never attitude.
It’s obviously true that if you're not doing what you love, you're not having a good time. And even more obvious is the fact that you won't have a good time working with indifference or, worse, disdain. And life is too damn short to not have a good time. This is what separates people from robots. People are capable of being attracted to or repelled from activities - robots are not. People are driven by desire and/or fear - robots are not.
But I digress. To get back on topic: What sparks those moments when it feels like you've tapped into the flow of the universe and find a clue? I don’t know (yet). But I do know that once you find an idea that provides context to feeling, the clues come to you. Just keep throwing ideas against the word document until you find one that sticks. And if you have no idea what you’re talking about? Investigate. Maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t, but at least you’ll know.