One Friday I did not go to bed. I stayed up all night. Why the heck would I do that?
Well I had a good friend of mine that was visiting the area and he sent me a text asking, “What are you doing around sunrise tomorrow?” In that moment I was trying to plan out the rest of my evening and figure out my logistics of sleep and where we would meet. Then my gut just told me to throw it all away and drive to pick him and a few friends up and drive to the shore of Lake Michigan.
For me, that was a 2.5 hour drive, so that means I would have to leave at 3am to catch the Sunrise by 5:55am. I ended up staying awake through the evening and made it happen. We all drove the last hour together and it was full of a little bit of everything.
Sleep deprivation, high doses of caffeine and strong friendships created the most obscene conversations during the last hour of the drive. They even continued the rest of morning after we saw the sunrise.
So how did this ignite my creativity? Why on earth would I sacrifice sleep? Something that decreases productivity and mental focus?
I did it because I would have regretted not doing it. I did it because they are some of the greatest friends I have. I did it because I got to experience a night I do not normally experience. The sunrise was spectacular to see and the obscure conversations continued. I had my camera with me the entire time and I captured the moments that caught my attention. I began to remember where inspiration comes from. It comes from your surroundings. The things that envelop you. Also, most importantly, it comes from the people that you invest in.
Your friendships are not only an investment in others, but an investment in yourself. If you surround yourself with creative, caring, and supportive people your work will sustain and flourish. If you don’t, you may lose it. It may wither away and you may just give up.
So the next time a good friend asks you to do something a bit unorthodox, but isn’t too out of line, go ahead and follow through. You never know where it will take you and your creative spirit.
When was the last time you did something out of the ordinary? You can leave your comment below.