W e live in a world of constant demands. I know I’ve talked about this before: no matter what, every day, someone needs something from us. Our bosses, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, children, parents, siblings, relatives, and even sometimes random strangers expect us to behave a certain way or carry out specific tasks. Sometimes this is necessary and we do need to do some things to get by in the world. We do have to make sure we go to work, do our jobs, do domestic things like food shopping and keeping the house from becoming a disaster zone. With any luck, we’ll get some help from our just-as-responsible family members, but that’s another topic entirely.
What I want to talk about this month is the effect this can have on our creative brains. Many of us get so distracted in performing mundane routines that we lose sight of the part of us that delights in making something new and out of the ordinary. Some of us are good at drawing or painting, some of us write, others garden, some come up with fabulous and exciting food dishes. We all have our own ways of creating art, but sometimes that can get squashed under the demands of everyday life. And I’m here to remind you, in case you’ve been letting it fall by the wayside, that it’s important to make room to be creative and inspired because it can help you feel alive while swimming in this sea of expectations.
When you pause to get creative, you turn on a part of your brain that isn’t automatically trained to do this task at this time of day. You change it up and you wake yourself up. You explore something new that you’ve never done before. Even if you’ve painted one hundred times, you have never painted the image you’re about to create. It can help you to remember who you are, what you love, and what you have to offer.
What if you aren’t creative, or you don’t have an artistic bone in your body? If you haven’t tried a painting class or a wine glass decorating class or a pottery class, these are excellent places to start. Instructors will walk you through every step of the way to create the specific piece they have in mind, but you have liberty to get creative with it as you please. You can even get some girlfriends together and see whose flip flips look the least like kidney beans at the end of the class.
The point is, no matter who you are or what you think you’re good at, it’s important to remember to take time for you. One very simple way is to create something that is only yours, without expectation from anyone else, as a break from the day-to-day routine. You have a lot to offer the world, so why not explore that potential?