Being creative is hard, but not if you surround yourself with awesomeness

If you know me, you know that I can easily get obsessed with tv sitcoms. Like, really obsessed with them. At the beginning of the semester, I started watching Parks and Rec and (obviously) fell in love, so much that I ended up reading Amy Poehler's book Yes Please. Needless to say, Amy Poehler is a goddess not just in comedy but also wisdom. I can go on about how much of her book resonated with me (because it really did) but knowing me, I'd probably just spew out every wise thing she said and at that point, you may as well just borrow my copy of the book. However, there is one thing (okay, two things) Poehler said that really, genuinely stuck with me. Prefaced with an anecdote about her hate of technology, she Poehler says, “The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” This bit goes along with something else she says in her book, which is the main thing that stuck with me: "Do work that you are proud of with your talented friends."

About two weeks ago, my professor for my art direction class sent us a couple articles to read about creativity. In the article (okay, it was definitely a listicle that I encourage everyone to read) "What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I Was 20", I saw something that reminded me of what Poehler wrote in her book, and lucky for you (and me so I don't have to retype it) it came in this (not so pretty attempt at an) illustration:


The article goes on to say that, basically, all of this put together "offer[s] a call to have amazing people in your life along with amazing experiences and influences."

And boom goes the dynamite. This advice from the article along with Poehler's wisdom made me realize how many awesome and talented people I have in my life. As a designer and journalist, I believe that both of these bits of advice apply to my life and career. I know I do better work when I'm able to bounce ideas off of other people, and I'm lucky to be surrounded by some of the most creative and talented people when I go to work in student media. Even more so, I'm doing what Amy Poehler advises (I mean, who wouldn't want to do what Amy Poehler advises anyways?): I'm doing really awesome work that I really am proud of with these awesome people, and it's not just creating awesome work. It's also creating some awesome experiences too.

Poehler's right; we can't do everything alone, so if we can make it through life with some pretty great people by our sides, we must be doing something right and we should be proud of it.