We all have a creative side but many suppress theirs. There are many different reasons for this suppression. The biggest excuse for not being creative is that someone was told in their childhood that they weren’t very good at something or were made fun of. This childhood trauma is tricky. Most people think that they are past it or they have even forgotten the original trauma; however, it has just altered itself into something else. For instance, someone who is teased as a child about their drawing of a horse, may grow up with the belief that they are horrible at drawing. They may also believe that they aren’t musically inclined just because they consider that an artsy hobby.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find your creativity. Find something of a creative nature that you enjoy. It could be art related like paints or drawing. It could be musical like learning how to play an instrument. African thumb organs, harmonicas, or recorders are cheap instruments to start with. You could try making something like pottery, carpentry, refinishing furniture, the sky is the limit.
Many people start a creative project but get discouraged easily. There are a lot of people these days that feel if they can’t master a project in an afternoon or weekend then, it just isn’t worth it. Do you think Michelangelo painted The Sistine Chapel ceiling in one weekend? Of course not.
Before you can successfully find your creativity, you need to do some house cleaning first:
This doesn’t mean that you have to master Transcendental Meditation. Keep it simple: Slow down, get quiet, get off the merry-go-round. Do this for at least 15 minutes each day. Put your cell phone on silent, tell everyone that you are unavailable for those 15 minutes. Moms and dads….tell the kids that you need some quiet time. I always had to take a shower…that was the only place no one would follow me.
Did you notice that I didn’t say forget?…just forgive. We all have baggage from an earlier time that we allow to weigh us down. Honestly look at what you are carrying around and try to see it for what it is. Maybe it was hurtful words from a playground bully or worse, a family member. Or maybe you remember an embarrassing failure. All of these things can only wound us if we let them. Take your power back and move on.
Stop worrying about what others think or say. The flip side to this coin is watching what you say and think about others. Everyone needs to learn how to ‘just be themselves’ and be happy as themselves. When we try to be like others, we are no longer genuine or unique. How can we expect to be creative if we are just a copy of everyone else?
Forget timetables. There is no set “time limit” to achieve something. We are all different and we move at different speeds. Plus, if you blow through mastering basket weaving in a weekend…then what was the purpose of your endeavor? Enjoy your creative moments. This is not a competition.
The first creative project you try may not be as fun as you were hoping. Perhaps you sign up for a pottery class and find out you are allergic to the clay. That’s OK. Don’t get discouraged. You should try several different things. You may discover something you never even imagined. Creativity can be found in things other than the fine arts. You may discover that your creativity glows when you are organizing your workbench or repurposing a piece of furniture.
I hope this post moves you to action. The more people we have experimenting with creativity, the better this world will become…and we will have a lot more happy people.