Creativity. What images or thoughts does this word evoke for you? Do you feel like you are living a creative life? As children, we are given multiple opportunities to express our creative side. Painting, singing, dancing, theater, sports, crafts, school projects, writing…the list goes on. We encourage our children to be creative and to express themselves all the time. For many of us, we somehow lose our connection with this creative spark as we get older. It becomes more difficult to tap into as adults because we assume that we need to give it up or stifle it in order to be productive and practical (lame). We don’t think we have time to be creative. We forget that we are in this world to create magic and we carry on day to day without lighting our spark and sharing our gifts. Perhaps it’s time to change our views on what it means to create and live a creative life.
Creativity is not limited to any particular art, discipline or elite group of people. Creativity is in everything that we do. The more that we view our tasks as being creations rather than just crap we have to get done, the more we will own what we do and find enjoyment and inspiration in our activities. Business is a creative process. Some days are certainly more inspired than others and we are bound to hit a block from time to time. At the end of the day, though, we get out what we put in. As with all things, it is possible to find a balance in our creative lives. If we feel unable to express ourselves creatively in our profession, perhaps we take up a hobby and tap into something that we enjoyed doing when we were younger. Better yet, we also find a way to incorporate this creative talent into our current work or change our course a bit so we are doing the work that we are meant to be doing. This is not an immediate process by any stretch and it takes awhile (sometimes the greater part of a lifetime) to get there. One might say, however, that perhaps we are waiting too long to get to a point in our lives where we are actually fulfilled and content with what we spend most of our time doing. Maybe it is possible to create and live the life that we imagine right now.
I have personally struggled with finding my creative spirit since my early twenties. I did quite a bit of acting and singing in high school and college. It was a huge part of my identity and took me from being a pretty shy 12 year old girl who had very little confidence to someone who could get up and sing in front of hundreds of people. I miss it. I miss connecting with other people and making them smile. I miss the fun and lightness of taking on the characteristics of a different person through the art of theater. Most of all, I miss creating something that I was really proud of. Something that was challenging and gave me all kinds of butterflies and made me feel connected to one of my purposes in this world. So, I have decided that I’m going to bring it back into my life in some capacity (tbd!) and I’m gearing up to go to a few auditions and join a singing group. This inspiration has filtered into my professional life as I am going through the process of creating my own business as a body positive coach and yoga instructor. I have had quite a few jobs since college. Some good, some great, some really, really terrible and at the risk of sounding dramatic, pretty soul-crushing. When I think about my happiest times at work, I recall being given the opportunity to be creative. To develop new programs and initiatives, incorporate my passions for health and wellness into my work with clients and to bring this out in the people that I am working with. Depending on the job you have, this isn’t always easy, but it’s probably possible if you think outside the box.
How do you find creativity in your work? In your leisure time? What ignites your creative spark?
Let’s inspire each other to let our light shine and dream big.