Good morning, good morning, good morning! Time for another day of Inspiration Corner, and I have to say, I’m glad I started this part of the blog. It makes me think as well as hopefully offering you ideas to think over.
I DO want to reiterate, because of a comment that I removed from the blog last week, I’m not here to be your guru, and I’m not here to solve your problems. That’s not my job, and if it was, you’d be handing me over big bucks to be a life coach. (Or therapist, as the case may warrant). I’m a writer, who enjoys blogging. And with Inspiration Corner, I hope to offer you something to think about, to present a new perception on the vagaries of both life and writing.
Anyway, now that that is cleared up, today I want to talk about the creative nature and how important it is to address that part of yourself. Everybody has some sort of creative talent, and it’s vital to give it space to grow and breathe.
Now, my career is all about creativity, as well requiring a lot of business acumen. But…I need additional creative outlets in which to recharge and play. For me, working in a visual medium is important because I’m a very visual person. I enjoy painting, crafting with my hands, creating visual pieces and magickal tools.
It’s important to have a creative outlet that doesn’t have a deadline or isn’t geared toward making money. There’s a quiet, meditative process that comes with creation for creation’s sake.
When I paint, or when I have fun with my washi tape, or make collages, when I make a wreath or a magical tool, it’s not the same as the creativity I use in my work. It’s total play. It doesn’t matter if I finish by a certain date, it doesn’t matter if my creation’s a little rustic. All that matters is that I’m happy with it.
Even more important than that, is the journey it took to make it. The process of creating without restrictions or deadlines or concerns how others will view it.
One of the things that I have found, is that a lot of people want to take time to create, but they never seem to get around to it. There’s always something else to do, or they’re tired, or they start to pull out supplies but then wander off.
I think sometimes we feel we need permission to take time to ‘play.’ We feel like we’re wasting time, or wasting supplies, or that we’re selfish, if we spend time on a hobby that doesn’t bring in an income.
Well, here’s a simple workaround.
Two of my friends—my best friend and my niece—and I are making “play dates” once a month to get together and Art, so to speak. We’ll spend the afternoon talking and crafting. Whatever we each want to do—paint, make something with Sculpy, make a collage…doesn’t matter. Whatever inspires us at the moment. By making it a group activity, we’re much more likely to actually show up.
So tell me, what’s your creative outlet? And when is the last time you did it? And even more importantly, how are you going to make time for it in your life? As always, let’s be upbeat in the comments.