That Lobster Bit

So I got to thinking about that Lobster example that I referred to yesterday in my blog more and more.  I think I should have explained the illustration a bit better.  In “Big Magic” Gilbert nearly ends her book with this brilliant anecdote about an artist who was invited to a costume party.  I will not do justice to the summarization.  I’ve since returned to the book to the library and cannot find the exact anecdote anywhere on-line, BUT this one comes close:

http://useyouroutsidevoice.blogspot.com/2016/01/be-lobster.html

But I feel like even she misses the point (at least the one I got out of reading it).  It isn’t about being a unique individual (though yes, it kinda is).  It’s about being true to our creations.  This guy created a lobster costume because it was all he had and it was what his little heart thought up and was passionate about.  It didn’t fit in, true (medieval costume ball, after all), but … he kept being himself, he kept putting his art out there (instead of running home and hiding his art as a “mistake”).  And that’s the point I got.

We can only create what WE are going to create.  Each of us has a unique perspective (even if we might accidentally tell the same story, it won’t be the exact same if two different people are telling it!).  We must continue to be ourselves.

SO, that being said, I will continue to pursue my passions, make my friends, be myself.  I will be the lobster I was created to be: the one passionate about ocean life, the one friendly to all, the one who asks questions of all (even if I don’t get answers).  And surprise, surprise, I heard back this morning from the organization I had sent that interview to for that magazine article I wanted to write.  YEAH!  You see?  Be yourself.  BE the lobster you were meant to be.  Create the costume you were meant to create.  And dance the way you dance, not the way others dance.  If you do so, you just might end up dancing with the Queen of Belgium too.

About jenabenton

I'm an elementary school teacher, writer, illustrator and storyteller.

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