A life driven more by curiosity than fear

big magic

I enjoyed very much reading ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’, by Elizabeth Gilbert. As always, her writing felt as if I were reading a long letter from a lost friend, the one that I remembered as ‘the optimistic one’. We need optimistic ones, all over, and everywhere.

She talked about the poet Jack Gilbert, who she didn’t know in person, but her students did, since she replaced him in the position of professor, when the old poet retired. Referring to him, she writes, in obvious awe:

He told them that

they must live their most creative lives

as a means of fighting back

against the ruthless furnace of the world.

He asked his students to be brave.

What were they up to? (Both Elizabeth and Jack) . What does bravery has to do with creativity?

According to Elizabeth Gilbert, creative living means living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.

Why? Because your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, since creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome.

Is that how an optimistic is made?

Since fear hates uncertain outcome, does the confidence of an optimistic actually mean  loving uncertain outcomes?  Or that he, or she, has learned to love uncertain outcomes?

Or is it that every time fear attacks, the optimistic counterattacks adding up more curiosity in his life?

Is curiosity an effective antidote to fear?