Before, I maintained narrow definitions – I thought heroism was only for the warrior and creativity only for the artist.
Recently, I’ve realized that these aren’t just grand gestures of the few. Canonized stories exist to show us idyllic possibilities for our own lives.
In transitioning out of youth, I now see the responsibility of adulthood – to make heroism and creativity more commonplace in everyday life. And even if an entire civilization makes every one of their acts heroic and creative, the profundity of this will not be lost to relativism. It is this constant striving for heroism and creativity, against our internal weaknesses, that make life worthwhile.
The goal should be to purposely lose track of time at least several times per day.
Also, was just thinking of the different application areas for human creativity.
Abstract thought in the form of story-telling, writing and theory. Physical craft, where matter is subject, such as wood-working. Athleticism and bodily movement, where human is subject, such as ballet and Jiu Jitsu. And, now digital craft, like video-editing and, increasingly, software entrepreneurship.
I do think human creativity manifests itself in everything. The activities mentioned above are just deliberate pursuits meant to cultivate, showcase, and heighten human creativity.
Somewhere in all of this is the religion that I subscribe to.