One thing that watching P.S. I Love You has taught me is to figure out that something.
Maybe I should backtrack a little bit.
P.S. I Love You is a book by Cecelia Ahern, published in 2004. It was turned into a movie a few years later. I haven’t read the book, but the movie has touched me in so many ways. It’s a love story. It’s about finding one’s self. And it’s about finding creativity within yourself.
In the movie, Holly’s character tries, and fails miserably, to recite a poem by William Blake to Gerry. She keeps forgetting the words. But ultimately, Holly tells Gerry that the poem is about creating something new. And it is when you bring that creation into the world that it becomes a part of you, that you learn a little more about yourself than anybody else.
It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you find yourself creating.
For me, it’s writing. Everyday, I learn something new about my craft, and I go to bed knowing I have so much more to learn. That realization brings me a measure of peace.
When I’m not writing, my life doesn’t feel right, like something is missing.
It is through writing that I get to create something new every single time I look at a blank page and fill it with words, descriptions, images, characters, worlds. Writing allows me to breathe life into the characters that reside in my head. These characters honor me by sharing their stories. And it is my pleasure to create a way to share those stories with the world. It is this practice, this give and take that keeps me truly alive.
So, I take to heart what Holly says: Figure out that something. Then create it. Bring it out into the world and learn something new about yourself that no one else knows.
Thank you, Holly. For messing up Blake. For the wisdom that comes from fumbling a poem, and yet, still getting to the core of it.
If you’re finding yourself a little lost, watch P.S. I Love You. Or better yet, watch the movie then hunt down the book. I have a feeling it can help you find your way. It certainly helps me each and every time I need to be reminded to keep creating.