What worlds can you create?



Are you stuck in that typical complaint of vegging out, and feeling like you should do less of it?

You might be stuck seeking out the worlds created by others – storytelling, music, visuals, characters, plots, worlds imagined.

“They” have perfected the way to tell stories (it seems), to build characters, and create plot-twists. And without these you might even be wondering what’s worth doing in life if you don’t have these outlets.

Living in worlds created by others

Don’t be get me wrong – there’s something lovely about being immersed in a world created by someone else.

A thrilling movie or book can open up new worlds to you.

An optimistic world-view or a go-getting planner that takes you out of your comfort zone.

Just the right music can tune you into a feeling that deeply resonates with you.

But there are consequences to a passive life especially if we think that surely we can’t create worlds, it’s only the “others” who can create worlds.

If you’re reading this, I suspect that you really do understand that you can create a world and invite people into it. Maybe you don’t realise just how powerful that is.

A Home: Something we all know to create

I think we all get this: there’s something human about “making a house a home”.

We understand that a building can have a certain atmosphere, and that we can complement or alter that atmosphere for the better. We can make a home comfortable, inviting, and conducive to how we’d like to feel.

So there’s something about a feeling to making a world. It involves aiming toward a certain feeling or a set of feelings.

Of course, each room in a home can and should have a different use. Your sitting room will have a different use and feeling to the hallway (although you can still keep up the same theme overall).

My experience in Disneyland Paris

I visited Disneyland Paris. It features rollercoasters and other slower experiential rides.

In each ride you’re getting an experience. The experience is built up through movement, but also through strong imagery and imaginative lighting and music.

So there’s a mix of getting that adrenaline rush, and experiencing a constructed world. It all sites within your narrative pre-built through movies and a lifetime of absorbing the culture.

Whilst queuing up for Buzz Lightyear laser target shooting, it struck me loud and clear how much time and energy people (me included) are willing to invest in order to experience a world created by others.

Disneyland is quite an extreme example of a universe of different experiences that visitors can get. I can go to the cinema to watch a movie, but it doesn’t match the excitement of also being moved along a track with twists and turns.

Moving Disneyland aside, it’s the more subtle worlds that we can personally (and perhaps collaboratively!) create, and still invite people into them.

Creating your world

I’m veering on the creative side of the argument of creating your world: an imaginative, detailed, enthralling world that people can “step into”.

Ultimately this is about creating a feeling.

Music can create a feeling.

A story can create a feeling.

A painting can create a feeling.

So too with a photo, a scent, or a flower on a shelf.

My point here is that you can create your world. It expands from the physical environment, to your attitude and energy, and creative worlds you can share.

Invite people to step into your world, rather than living for the worlds created by others.

Steps to creating your world

  1. It all starts with feeling. Decide on what feeling do you want people to experience as they interact with you and your world. It can be a mix of emotions, and it could be a path from one feeling to another.
  2. Feel the feeling inside you. Experience it for yourself.
  3. Identify at least one medium you can create a word with that feeling. Let’s start small: it might be an anecdote story from your lie. Another route is intuitive painting where you use simple paints, and listen to which colours are calling you, and see where to go.
  4. Invite people into your world. That means you’re sharing your world outside of yourself. It’s not just a lived experience, but it’s interacting with others.

Step three above is a whole subject in itself. There’s an infinite amount of ways to create your world, so I suggest keeping it small and accessible.

A life of world creation

This isn’t about rejecting the worlds of others – music, movies, experiences.

No, it’s about leaning toward creating your own world, and then interacting with people (their worlds) from that vantage point.

If you lean toward creating your own worlds (being a creator), you’ll find a richness in your own life that you mightn’t have though was possible.

You’ll find creative parts of yourself that you didn’t realise were sitting dormant.

You’ll find a realness in the interacting between your world and others’ worlds. It will be a life of delight and awe, rather than passively binging.

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