As the image states above… “The most creative Act You will ever undertake is the Act of Creating Yourself” .
So what does that mean? To me it says that we all create ourselves into the people we either want to be or think we should be, and sometimes into who we believe others think/want us to be; but in the end, We are the ones that make the choices.
So how important is it to our creation of self that our perception of ourselves is untainted/not influenced by our peers? To me it is very important to the process. For better or worse we create ourselves according to what we have been taught is proper and valued.
Our views and values of the world and self, including how and when we start our life with another person is created by our peers. For better or for worse we are the creation of others and very rarely do we have the ability and courage to re-create ourselves into someone who we truly love and want to be. An unfortunate thing since the world’s perception of ourselves shouldn’t matter but the perception of those we love and cherish, including yourself, should be whom we wish to make happy.
The only person we should ever change for is ourselves, and as long as we have an excellent network of friends and family to support us we become that beautiful butterfly that is our creative soul bursting free of the shackles that society has put upon us. Yes, we do make the choice at first to allow the shackles to be put on because we believe that it is how we are supposed to live. We then, at a later date when we are teens or adults, either make the choice to keep these restraints or to shuck them off and create our own sense of self with our own value systems, be they right or wrong by our peers standards we grew up with.
There are also the people whom, after marriage and either before, during or after children, realizes that they have wish to change whom society and peers say they are and re-create themselves into whom they truly are. Sometimes this is a true change, and sometimes this is just realizing that they don’t wish to be shackled to the same old same old but wish to be the creative soul that has bounced around until caught in a cage and hidden away because it just wasn’t proper anymore.
I’m not speaking of an evil or hurtful change or of someone leaving their children and just running off because of this self-realization, I’m speaking of just letting that tiny little voice that you’ve told to be quiet speak up and allow yourself to be the artist within. Allow yourself to put on a cute little crazy hat and go for a walk in the rain because YOU love it and want to. Allow yourself that simple pleasure that you’ve been told to avoid because it just isn’t proper and right. Be Yourself, not the Stepford-drone.
In the end, the butterfly or the caterpillar, is our choice of self and our choice of who we want to be, and right now I believe that there are a lot of people whom are in the metamorphic stages of creating themselves anew. I hope that someday soon all will be their own butterfly and we all will spread our wings to fly on wings of choice and creativity.
Lots of love and Hoping this helps someone,