Since I can remember, I’ve always been a creative person. There was always something new to do in my life, whether it was drawing, painting, collaborating with my sister to put on an art show in front of a large audience, or writing new songs and stories.
The fact that my sister and I were raised in a household where our parents were very conscious of limiting our screen time or who encouraged but instead valued our creative endeavours, praising with us efforts and yet still eating our bakery once we accidentally substituted ground coffee for cocoa in our recipes, made it only natural for us to grow up with a strong foundation in the arts.
In spite of my lack of a “traditionally creative” career, I always have believed that you should incorporate creative thinking into your life regardless of what you do for a living. Writing, cooking, photographing, DIY projects around the house, graphic and interior design, and expressing myself during my style are all forms of creative expression for me. Even if it’s just for the sake of the experience itself.
Why? Because it helps me stay grounded and then in touch with this myself. It makes me feel like I’m having fun again, and that makes me happy and content. Creating and disseminating my work is one of my favourite pastimes. Making a meal for pals, taking pictures and going to post them on Instagram, or perhaps even writing here, allows me to express my feelings in a way that is sometimes difficult to do so in other ways.
Brene Brown, in a stunning statement, said,
Its way I communicate my soul the with world is through my creative endeavours.
No matter how much research is done to prove the benefits of creativity, almost all of us have felt gratified by an act of creativity, even if it was as simple as coming up with a way to carry home all of the groceries on one trip.
You should be creative for the following reasons:
Improve your ability to think creatively and solve problems.
Making new and interesting use of the box is a necessary step in developing our creative thinking skills.
You can save a lot of money by doing this.
My fondness for improvising in the kitchen the with ingredients I already have stems from my financial constraints as a university student, which prevent me from going out and spending a lot of money on a single meal.
Put yourself in a trance.
There is a term for this state of complete immersion in an experience: flow. I’m sure you understand what I mean. A state of mind in which the passage of time is obscured by the pleasures of the present. Flow is a state of being where one is engaged in activities for the sheer joy of it, with no thought of the end result in mind. In addition to enhancing our well-being and productivity, while in a middle of the action reduces stress and increases our ability to focus on the task at hand.
Take a break from your worries.
In some ways, being creative is like meditative contemplation. Painting is among my favourite ways to cultivate mindfulness. It’s also liberating and fun to be creative without any expectations or pressure.
Self-awareness and self-expression can be enhanced.
By connecting us with the things we find pleasurable, engaging in creative activities helps us better understand who we are. In order to better understand our practises, impulses and desires, we need to create more. It is important to take the time and effort to develop in out own ideas so that we can respective user ourselves towards the world in ways that is true to who we really are.
Today, I challenge you to unleash your inner artist! There is no end to the possibilities.
Have no idea where to begin? I love Pinterest because it’s a great source of ideas. Use your interests to find a wide variety of creative endeavours. Large Magic: Creative Life Without Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert is also a good read. Fears that I had never realised were holding me away from pursuing my creative passions were revealed to me thanks to this book. In addition, it served as a timely reminder that the only limitations and failures we face in our creative endeavours are those we impose on ourselves.
You don’t have to be a perfectionist or a perfectionist to have fun with your creative endeavours! Take pleasure in the journey. Do whatever it is you’re doing with all of your heart; there’s no wrong or right way to do it!