It’s about finding what is right for you and enjoying the process, not worrying about being judged or failing.
It’s not just about wanting to be creative either, developing our creativity is something we should strive to do. More importantly, it’s something we need to do if we are to experience a truly fulfilling existence.
Our interests, if we choose to pursue them, can become a new activity that we can get good at.
I have a friend who started to paint by taking a class in her spare time. She has since been shortlisted for a prestigious art award. On hearing she had been short listed for her self-portrait (inspired by a visit to the hairdresser) from 400 entries down to the final 30 she told the official ‘I’m not sure how this has happened… I’m not even a professional artist’. She was told that of all the entries hers had gone straight through, meaning all the judges agreed it deserved a place in the final. The official explained her story would be an inspiration for others who felt they did not ‘belong’ in the competition. Even when faced with evidence it can be difficult to accept our creativity can inspire others as well as ourselves.
As a therapist and coach, I know that when I go for long periods of time without engaging in some form of creative activity, my mood is affected. I thrive when involved in improvising be it singing jazz and blues, dancing or theatre making.
Interestingly, most of my favourite ways of being creative involve movement – singing, dancing, performing, and walking for inspiration. I also write. I am at this very moment expressing my creativity by writing this blog which I hope, in turn, will inspire you to embrace your own creativity.