Create: Day 66
Get your creative kicks on Route 66.
I admit it: I love road trips.
I know it’s not responsible to burn gas, but cut me a bit of slack. I’m the daughter, after all, of a truckdriver from the midwestern U.S. When my family went on vacation, what did my dad like to do best? Drive.
My mom did, too. And in those glorious summer days in the 1960s, she’d pile a bunch of kids in the car, speed off to country lanes, and one after another, allow each of us the chance to decide the next turn to take. No rules, just the pure, big thrill of sights unseen.
I think there’s nothing quite so effective at unlocking creativity as a good old-fashioned American road trip.
Travel, of course, is always an opening to seeing life anew. But there’s something about the rhythm of being on the road–it’s alternately lulling and stimulating–that brings forth new ideas, new thoughts, new directions.
If you’re looking for adventure and creative awakening, try a road trip. Even if it’s just a day trip. Even if your vehicle is a bike.
The most famous American highway, Route 66, was built in the 1920s and wound its way from Chicago to Los Angeles. There was a TV show about it in the 60s, a song extolling its virtues, written by Bobby Troup, but covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to the Rolling Stones. A new brand of commerce and an indelible legend was built around this highway. When freeways were built, alas, Route 66 fell into disuse.
A couple of interesting links for the Route 66 aficionados among you:
Create Month 3
What to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Turn unproductive activity into creativity.
Kill the angel and tell the truth.
Try ephemeral art.
Take a road trip.