I’ve always loved the creative process. Now, as I’m about to turn 66 on the year gauge, I wonder if I didn’t think big enough.
Willy Unsoeld spoke at a graduation ceremony at Prescott College, I think it was 1973. Willy was an explorer and climber, worked in the Peace Core and Outward Bound, and was an educator. In 1963, he was also part of the first American expedition to summit Mt Everest. At the time of the Prescott talk, he was president of Evergreen State College.
Willy talked about dreams and thinking big—how as a kid in Oregon he would look at Mt Hood and dream of climbing Everest. He went on the explain that as a kid, Everest wasdream, he didn’t think one day he would standing atop of the majestic mountain.As I recall, he went to say after reaching the summit, his dream was fulfilled but in the aftermath was he lost– without a goal or dream –
“You’ve climbed the highest mountain in the world. What’s left? It’s all downhill from there. You’ve got to set your sights on something higher than Everest.” – Willy Unsoeld
He said to set your dreams beyond your imagination or reach.
In the last few years I have taken up painting and enrolled in a writing class. I just can’t see myself sitting on a rocking chair watching the river flow, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I continue to ask myself “what do I want to create?”
Bored one evening with cable TV (how many episodes of Wicked Tuna can I watch?) I switched over to Netflix where I ran across Abstract: the Art of Design:
Wow! I am blown away by this series.Each episode invites you into the creative process of eight cutting-edge designers.If you’re interested in dreams, design and the creative process this is a great series to watch.
What is your Everest?
If you watch the series, let me know what you think.