I love a good adventure, don’t you? The spontaneity, the unwritten story and the feeling of really living in the moment. The most memorable adventures allow us to surrender the outcome and lean in to new spaces.
A great love of mine is art, specifically the creative process it provides. I love starting with nothing and seeing something evolve and develop into into a final masterpiece. To think that creation was in me all along but just needed time, permission and space to let it come to life is fascinating to me.
Lately I’ve been spending much of my free time while safer at home with watercolor paint. I’m admittedly a recovering perfectionist and art is one of the places that helps me escape my inner critic and high expectations. There’s no rules in art, anything goes. It’s all completely subjective. Only the creator gets a say of where the finish line will be and the adventure that will unfold along the way.
In my years of painting and creating I’ve noticed the more particular and specific my expectations of the outcome are, the more frustrating and less enjoyable the creative process actually is. The steps feel clumsy, the technique feels awkward and the final product feels forced.
However, when I open myself up to the process, slow down and surrender the outcome I’m much more satisfied and pleased with what I end up creating. I feel more relaxed, confident and eager to see how the creativity will evolve and how it will find a final resting place.
Life’s a lot the same way, isn’t it? The tighter we grip to our expectations, demand a story end a certain way or picture a particular outcome, all we seem to do is end up short and full of disappointment. What would happen if we let go and opened ourself up to the process? What if we let the gray space take us on an adventure instead of wishing it away? If we surrendered the outcome would we better enjoy the journey?
When I abandon my neat and tidy plan and explore the great unknown I learn so much more. More about myself, my abilities and how God wired me to experience life. I find peace in God, my creator, who knows how the adventure will unfold and where the finish line will be.
We have a choice every single day to grip tightly to our expectations and force our unwritten story or we can surrender the outcome and choose adventure. Let’s choose the great unknown and experience the fullness life has to offer.