Powerful message. And you don’t need to be a famous artist or musician or writer or photographer in order to be considered creative. Art and creativity are thought to be elusive skills that few posses. However, you are creative in everyday life. You are witty, you are smart, you solve problems at work and in school and in your personal life. You can find inspiration in the shapes of clouds. Everyone has creativity deep within them. Think back to your childhood when you imagined lava on the floor and when you pretended to be a superhero and when you imagined you could do anything when you grew up and when you drew because it was fun and you got messy and painted and you weren’t afraid to fail.
Creativity is not confined to the few lucky chosen ones– it is within us all. Thinking you are “a math person” or that you aren’t creative is the only thing holding you back from the very thing. Once you put yourself in a box, you always fear the rain. Embrace the rain, let it destroy your box, and with it you are able to let go of the need for control…and then you are free. Fear is what is holding you back. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of straying from the comfort of the path that you have walked down and prepared yourself to walk down your whole life. Maybe you chose your path out of comfort, maybe you chose it out of necessity, but behind any reason you can try to conjure for the unhappiness you have with your life and your path is the fact you chose it out of some kind of fear.
I’m not saying quit your job and start finger-painting for a living. But hey, who knows. I once heard about an elephant who painted with his trunk and I hear he makes a pretty decent living. If the elephant could do it, so could you.
Schedule some time for yourself this weekend. Go explore your mind, go explore your creativity. Find a way to balance you work and play life. Sometimes we can get caught up in the work and even feel guilty when we are not doing the work we need to be doing. But do not feel guilty about making time for yourself to relax and enjoy life.
(photocredit: facebook friend’s repost (if he sees this and would like his name credited here let me know!) and the topic of inspiration from my mother’s post earlier this week.)