“The desire to create is one of the most deepest yearnings of the human soul.”
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf
That big juicy creative life we’re talking about, its ours if we want it.
Why? How can I be certain the big juicy creative life is within our reach?
Because we’re all naturally creative. Everyone. Me. You. All of us.
But for most of us, our creativity is buried deep inside. Stuffed so deep it’s barely recognizable. Maybe it’s mistaken for an ache and self-medicated, or an itch we occasionally scratch. Some of us feel a void, or a nagging sense of something missing in our life. However it manifests, it’s voice is soft, seeking permission to be heard.
Listen for that wee little voice.
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in Kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take all the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the “creative bug” is just a wee voice telling you “I’d like my crayons back, please.”
– Hugh McLeod, “Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity”
So let’s start getting our crayons back. And then we can move on to some acrylic paint, a few canvases, and some gesso and brushes. Make that an entire art supply store.
Because we have a lot of time to make up. All that time we didn’t see ourselves as “creative” or as “that kind of creative.” All that time we focused on striving….striving for grades, for jobs, for spouses, for houses, for promotions. All that time we lost to the minutia of responsible adulthood – the laundry, the commute, the to-do list.