The first book I finished reading in 2022 is Claire Cook’s nonfiction book Life Glows On: Reconnecting With Your Creativity to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life.
It’s a book about acknowledging all the ways we express ourselves creatively. It’s also about acknowledging the need for, and the benefits of, dedicating time and energy to a creative project.
I love Ms. Cook’s definition of creativity:
“Creativity is the box of crayons we use to tell our story, and in telling our story we figure out who we are.”
And I love this recommendation:
“Every day, do one good thing. And after that, give yourself permission to do one creative thing for yourself.”
Then there’s this bit of motivation:
“Being creative is about touching hearts. It’s about finding our own heart. It’s about tapping into our past and remembering the unique experiences and insights that make us who we are. It’s about flipping our adversity and challenges and experiences into a point of view, a vision, a style, a voice. It’s about standing strong in our authenticity and individuality and distinctiveness.”
I also enjoyed this paragraph about one of the benefits of getting older:
“Because the coolest thing about getting older is that we really can just be whoever the hell we want to be. If we’re lucky, we’ve stopped caring so much about pleasing the rest of the world. Nobody can tell us who we are. Or who we aren’t.”