Have you ever been asked if you’re creative? Most likely yes. I have had that question a lot, and my answer: a quick NO! I have always thought of creative people as being the literal artists. Creating colorful paint masterpieces. Designing things and having a rather odd and “different” sense of style. I grew up with someone like this so I can see why that is what I would think of. I have told so many people, “Yeah, I didn’t get the creative gene.” Not that I don’t like art and what it can add to a home or a space. But I probably don’t appreciate it in the way that most people would expect.
I used to be a little creative in cooking. I have always had a rather gourmet palette. I like the fancy food. And yes I have an appreciation for different cooking techniques and styles. I hadn’t really considered that to be a creative outlet until the last couple years. I love me some food network. I still like to cook, but I need some education in spices. I can make a recipe but as far as throwing things together and it tasting good, that’s not me.
Then I happen to catch a favorite personal development mentor say something about needing to write everyday to fulfill his creative outlet. I heard another mentor say she spends a lot of time creating content, but it is something she genuinely enjoys doing. I had a lightbulb go off. I’ve always been a reader so I’m not sure why I didn’t even consider writing and creating content to be a type of creativity. For instance, this blog, I’m not always sure who reads it, but I know that after I publish, I feel such a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
One because hopefully someone, somewhere is getting some valuable insight and meaning thought it. I do this because typically these are the things on my mind that i’m currently working on. I know that someone somewhere is having the same struggles that I do and I need to have the courage and confidence to put this out there to let them know they aren’t alone.
Two because much like journaling about my thoughts in the morning, this helps me to process my thoughts as well. I have so many things and ideas I want to do and I can’t do them all. I would literally go crazy and wind up in an emotional meltdown. I really do like giving people a little something deeper to think about.
I think we’re so stuck in our everyday routine of get this done and get that done. We don’t take a second to think about the things that actually do fulfill us and actually take the time to do them. When I do that, I and everyone around me is so much better off.
Being able to pick a subject that is on my mind heavily and recently has come to me extremely last minute. Finding time to sit down and write a book is hard, I have to zone in and be ok with the fact that i’m not getting something else done. But as a friend once commented to me, being able to write and create content is quite therapeutic. Now that I have formed some habits in the morning and afternoon, my day feels so off if I don’t get to them for some reason.
Being creative doesn’t mean you need to sit down and paint, color, or whatever else it may mean to someone else. It can be creating something with different materials, wood, metal, or a computer program. It can be reorganizing something that makes you feel refreshed, fashion, having fun with makeup. So many different things make people feel creative. Apparently mine is currently writing and creating content that will inspire people to live fuller and deeper.
Wether you get the chance to do something everyday even for just a short time, try to do it. Even if you think people might look at you weird or think differently of you, who cares. None of that should determine that you don’t do things that make you happy.