Pause for Creativity's Sake

The cool air was rushing down my shirt as I leaned to the left and then to the right feeling the vespa below match the curves along the mountainside. It was at this moment I got a glimpse of the view of Santa Barbara. The morning fog and chill was still hanging over the city on what was once again a beautiful November day.

This morning, rather than go about my normal routine, I decided to mix it up to see if it could spark new creative ideas.

I came around the corner, made a hard left turn and found myself in one of my favorite parks overlooking the entire downtown. I shook my hair out of the helmet, grabbed my bag with notebook and pen inside and made my way to the picnic table with the view.

As soon as I sat on the cold surface, opened my notebook and finally put the pen to paper, the words overflowed.

And guess what?!

In about an hour, the change of routine had worked it’s magic. I had defeated the nemesis. I overcame writer's block. In that time I scripted four pages of content, including this blog post in a rough hand written form. And that's a win from what I can tell!

The act of being somewhere alone, with a beautiful view to boot, and a pen and notebook had allowed for an overflow of creativity to come rushing from my mind.

This naturally begs the question, how does our normal routine keep us stuck? And how can we break free from our self imposed limitations? How much more may be possible if we allow for something different to happen, if we allow for a pause or a shake up - away from the daily pressures and temptations.

Maybe these conscious pauses and change are exactly what we all need to remind us why we’re here, why we exist and give any kind of creative block a kick.