Wonder For Years

Turns out the pursuit to live a creative life is a constant struggle between managing fantastical expectation vs reality and the need to get some damn food in your stomach on a daily basis.

It’s also one that should see you take influence from everything you can draw from.

I’ve written before about the importance of being able to take that influence, that inspiration, from a number of different outlets. Limiting yourself to only one, in a world so rich and abundant with great stories, told in wonderfully engaging and, occasionally, dynamic ways is akin to blind stupidity. A tunnel-visioned idea that if you’re not writing, well, you should be reading, right?

There’s truth to that, make no mistake, but in a world where some of the best stories in the past decade have been told through not only novels but cinema, comic books, and video games, then actively depriving yourself of these experiences simply because of the form they are delivered in just highlights a pretentious refusal to accept their potential.

And this brings me, of all things, to one of my favourite bands, The Wonder Years.

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Commit to Create.

It’s not the first time that I have shared something created by the amazing Zen Pencils, but this one I found to be incredibly poignant.

In my day to day life, I’ve often experienced people rebuffing any sort of creative thought, especially if it’s an idea that goes against the grain. Why buck the system when you can just maintain a status quo, after all? Why? Because it could lead to something better than you ever imagined, something you could never imagine had you never tried. Or, as Kevin Smith so succinctly puts it: Why not?

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