How Becoming a Creator is Like Getting Lost in a New City

By: Surendra Rajawat, ArtStation.

I would like to confess, that this is one intimidating journey. On one hand the amount of new habits that I need are overwhelming, on the other the cheer fact that it is public is mind-boggling.

Digital writing and becoming a creator is a continuous learning journey that will be full of mistakes, yet feels personally very fun. I mean come on, producing content in any given form is an awesome creative endeavor. Not knowing what the output will be and getting engulfed in a moment of inspiration gives a sense of adventure. Something I’ve been missing for quite some time now.

One of my favorite things to do was taking walks around new cities. What I would do is have a foldable map in my pocket, and pick random streets to walk through. I’ve discovered so many hidden gem locations this way and more or less built a strong mental map of it. Paris, Nottingham, Strasbourg, Amsterdam, and Düsseldorf are perfect for some magical walks. And in most times, you find yourself suddenly in a big bazaar market or walking through gentle snowfall and Christmas lights everywhere. It’s that element of a moment unplanned meeting surprise that is memorable to say the least.

Yes, I’m comparing this experience to that of getting lost in a new city. The only difference is that your creative output will be that memorable moment that you cherish.

It takes courage and hard work, but that’s like everything in life. Psyching yourself to take the next step is important to build some momentum, or like in snowboarding catch an edge and riding it through. The toughest thing I had to do is point the snowboard forward, downhill a mountain, and trust that I’ll be able to shred it. God knows I had my share of hard falls, but if you ask me at any given moment about the best thing I ever did, definitely it’ll be learning to snowboard.

I pray this new endeavor will top that one day, why not? Doesn’t trying new things help us grow and reach new heights.

Screw perfecting it, just enjoy the ride like a cruise on a coastal town with the windows half down and bumping awesome beats to vibe. Yah I’m bracing for this rollercoaster, let’s see what you guys think in a few years. One thing you can count on, I’ll keep going until the wheels fall off.

"'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct along the way." - The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss.

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