That Big Magic!


A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

How I found Big Magic

I still remember that afternoon so vividly. We were lying on the grass of a nearby park in Enmore after gorging ourselves with breakfast at a local café. I had my second macchiato in hand and I kept shifting weight to avoid the grass blades from poking me. It was a beautiful autumn day. Sydney autumn is very pleasant and comforting. We enjoyed the cold grass under our feet, dappled in the soft sun drinking coffee n ruminating about travel, politics, books and movies. The airport isn't too far from here. We kept seeing aircrafts descending. Sometimes they would take off and bank in the sky leaving jet-streams with checkered patterns. A sure sign that winter was coming.

We were discussing Marie Kondos book on decluttering but suddenly, for very good reason Alison had hijacked the topic as she felt very inspired having just finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘The Big Magic’. If I recall correctly, Alison was also in the middle of her screenwriting process and this creatively inspiring book had clearly left her on a high. I had jotted down the name of the book on my phone and put it in my 'maybe one-day' list.

Later that night I googled TedTalks and watched an entire video of Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity. Powerful. My interest had piqued.

How Big Magic found me

Months passed by, possibly a year, It was December 2016. I was about to board for Melbourne. But curiosity struck. What if the local bookstore  had nicer books than the city store? I strolled in, it was almost adjacent to my boarding gate. My eyes fell squarely on that brightly coloured cosmos calling. There it was staring back at me with an almost animated voice.'

'Pick me, pick me!’

I went over and scanned the cover, then first few pages and the back cover. And then left it back at the shelf and headed to my gate. My Melbourne adventure was calling. I was already dreaming of Central Place, the laneways, my Proud Mary coffee... and the air of Melbourne...

Days later as I'm walking down Swan St in Richmond, Melbourne, yet again I find myself in a rather bookshop. And there was again — my luminous cosmos bright coloured Big Magic calling for my attention.

'Pick me, pick me!’ it said again. And glad I finally did!

We all come from the Big Magic Stuff. Yes both you and I. The only difference is how much you believe in this charm. If you are a sceptic you will fail to see anything good in your life or others. There are numerous magical quotes I can put in from the book but that will only tarnish your reading and your exploration to your inner creative path. I’d highly recommend this book. Read it with love n patience. Let it simmer in your soul, let it embrace your spirit. Let is brew a storm in you. If you let it, it will invigorate and enrich your life.

Elizabeth Gilbert, You are one damn fine writer. I read some chapters twice. There are hilariously accurate anecdotes applicable to my life. Your enthusiasm is catchy. You have certainly given the world an amazing gift of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your crazy passionate love. Ole to you and indeed ole to every breathing creative being.

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

Amit Karmakar

378 Miller St, Cammeray, NSW 2062, Australia