Got nothing to worry about

In my job as a writer, I come across stories about artificial intelligence-powered services, software, and products on daily basis. It’s pretty mesmerizing that there are so many tasks that we can outsource to AI and they cost a fraction of what human labour would cost. 

This development is undoubtedly affecting people who rely on providing a cost-effective service, especially outsourced to other countries, but it does give the rest of us access to quicker and cheaper workflows. 

Whether you are culling, editing, or creating something that could benefit from relieving you of tiring tasks, it’s actually bringing originality to the forefront.

You don’t need to worry about the AI coming into your creative world because it won’t replace your originality as a flawed but interesting human being. 

People will still look for stories and voices that have something to say or to show. Let the AI take care of your menial tasks so you can focus on being that original self – that can never be taken away from you, be it by AI or by someone you’ve outsourced on the other side of the world.

Originality cannot be squashed.

Life in progress

I sometimes feel that life is just progress, a long-ass marathon with a few stops here and there. You get those brief standing-still-and-catching-a-breath-of-fresh-air moments but besides that, it’s a constant, ongoing journey. 

I think I like that. I don’t have a final destination in mind, I enjoy the ride. 

Whenever I think to myself, “this is it,” it never is. 

Nothing is ever constant but that’s part of the excitement of being alive. Of not knowing and simply going for it with no expectations.

Take those brief moments to enjoy where you are today, be it in slippers and a soft dressing gown, with a hot cup of coffee in hand and soaking in a minute of sunshine on your face, or getting that high of accomplishing a long-awaited goal. 

Either way, you’ll only stop for a moment and be ready to continue shortly after. It’s definitely an interesting ride this life.

We feel like it

Seth Godin said, “we don’t write because we feel like it, we feel like it because we write.”

I could have a blog full of blog entries referencing Seth Godin and his blog and books, but this time I just wanted to take a small nugget and run with it. This is that nugget.

You may feel depleted, you may be drawing blanks, but you just got to pick up that pen or put those hands over your keyboard, or reach for that camera, and just trust that the process of creation will get you back on that wave. The conscious decision to choose effort over inspiration is bound to bring us to inspiration, or at least do so eventually.

So, today I choose to write and I choose to create because it’s who I am, and if I don’t nurture it, who else will?

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