If you're like me, you have a new creative aspiration on a daily, often hourly, basis. With so many possibilities, resources, and opportunities out there these days, it's easy to hear the latest album and think I want to sound like that; see the latest designer's work and think why don't I try that?; experience the latest popular film and think that's how I should do it; and so on, so forth.
The thing I'm realizing these days, though, is that while aspirations are many and fleeting for people like us, first loves are few. By first loves, I mean the things that got us into what we're into today: that first album that inspired and challenged us to pick up a guitar and start playing; that first real film we watched the blew our minds and expanded our creativity; that first novel we read that got us thinking about the possibility of taking a stab at writing; and the creativity that grew out of those things.
Our aspirations often make us pursue what other people are doing, but our first loves are typically the things that make us unique and excellent at what we do.
So what is your first love? Maybe you need to get back to it.