Day 115 Week 17 Q2 Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Unpremeditated 4.26.23

Creative Outliers often have artistic sides even if their art shows up as a new business model or the presentation of some beautiful data set in a novel and compelling manner. What is an artist? Or who is an artist? Someone compelled to re-emit into the universe a response to what impinged upon them. Sometimes it could take a lifetime. Many authors take decades to complete books started in their youth. Sometimes it can take an instant. Some musicians can walk on a beach or ride a bus, and new music pops into their minds. The time frame is not that relevant. It is the impulse that matters. 

We all have a range of ways to commence, and sometimes, the instantaneous unpremeditated emission coming from within us is just as valid or even more valid than something diligently worked upon for an extended period of time. It can really hit the spot if you can capture the unfiltered response to whatever the universe has thrown at you today, even if the conditions are suboptimal. Perhaps you just feel like playing the piano, which is not very in tune, and you do not feel like setting up a microphone and recording gear. 

It does not matter – emit anyway. You can always refine and elaborate or redefine or re-articulate later. What does matter is catching the moment, which, more often than not, is unpremeditated. If you are in the habit of showing up ready to create every day, the chances of capturing something worthwhile increase astronomically.  Luck dramatically increases for people who consistently show up. So show up every day in whatever capacities feel right that day. Most of us have multiple options for expression and multiple opportunities to express ourselves as we are constantly subject to incredible amounts of stimulation.

The world is moving quite quickly these days, and there is much to process and respond to. Once in a while, just respond and do not bother to process it consciously. Allow your unpremeditated response to emerge, and try to capture it. One of the very best uses of our smartphones is they are really art phones. They have cameras and microphones, which can produce surprisingly good results. 

Ten-megapixel moving images with 24-bit audio used to cost tens of thousands of dollars, and the media required to capture and store events were big, expensive and perishable. Sometimes these snapshots of our lives can be more artful than any amount of planning can produce.

What is the best camera? The one you have with you. And what is the best recorder? The one in your pocket. Unpremeditated spontaneous life flashes can be more easily captured than was even imaginable a short time ago.

Do not overthink, over-process and be paralyzed by perfectionism. Just live and capture some of it. You may be very surprised by the real-time results.