I just finished reading The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. If you aren't familiar with Chris, he recently completed his quest to visit every country in the world. For this book, he shares the stories of many others who are on quests. He talks about what makes a quest and what it's like to complete one. It was a really fun and motivating read. I was already familiar with several people/quests in the book (Elise Blaha Cripe, Sasha Martin, Laura Dekker, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Seth Godin, A.J. Jacobs, Jia Jang, and John Francis) but also learned many new ones.
I think the most exciting part of the book for me was learning that I am already on a quest, a creative quest. Here's what Chris says:
As I pondered the efforts of Seth, Tina, Elise, and some of their peers, I wasn't sure this intense focus on a certain kind of work qualified as a quest in the classic definition--there were clear endings to particular projects, but not to the overall effort. Nevertheless, I found in these individuals commonalties with people who pursued more traditional quests. They chose to focus on a specific series of outcomes, deriving satisfaction from both the creation process and from sharing it with others. When they finished one piece of work, they moved moved on to another. They seemed happiest when building a set of interconnected pieces, and they'd structured their lives to allow the work to take preeminence. It was as if they'd chosen a particular kind of life and then changed other circumstances to accommodate it.
The tag line of the book is finding the quest that will bring purpose to your life. Year of creative habits does that for me and I'm pretty excited about where this project will take me. If you're still looking for your quest, I highly recommend reading the book.