Before a couple of months ago, “creativity” was not really a word in my vocabulary. Well, other than to say, “Yeah, I’m not very creative.” I always wanted to be creative – I begged my mom for sketch books, oil paints, how-to-knit-kits, music lessons, dance lessons – but nothing stuck. Who knows why – that’s a question for another day.
I made it to my late twenties not really doing anything creative (writing, occasionally, but not often enough), and it didn’t really bother me. But, one day in August, I got a tattoo. I went to this rad artist, Jen Munford, and, just making conversation, she asked: “So what do you do that is creative?” I was like, what? What a weird question; a question no one had ever asked me, a question my friends don’t ponder, a question that had never wandered in while I went about my life.
At the time, it didn’t make a difference. I laughed and told her that I didn’t really do anything creative, but that I liked to write, and the conversation went on from there.
Looking back on it now, that was a turning point for me. Who knows if it was getting my first tattoo, or the question that Jen asked me, but it kind of sent me off on a tangent that hasn’t stopped and that I am loving the hell out of.
And it’s not, like, huge changes, you know? It’s little things here and there that have pushed me to pursue hobbies and to view “creativity” differently. Creativity is not this massive, all imposing, behemoth (though I used to think that it was). It’s five minutes here, and an afternoon there, spent doing something that makes your soul sing. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be anything related to “art.”
Since August, I’ve started to learn tarot reading, my rock collection has exploded, I have spent more time meditating, I’ve started ukulele lessons, I bought a bike and planned a 150-mile bike tour, I’ve severely decreased my TV/Netflix viewing, I’ve cut my hair shorter than it has ever been, I completely filled more journals in that short time than I ever had in my life….. Since August, I’ve explored myself, my heart, how I want to spend my days – and that, my friends, is what it means to live life creatively, that’s what creativity is.
What do you do that is creative? How do you like to spend your time? Share in the comments 🙂