What’s your creative outlet?
Maybe you’re crafty?
Perhaps you build Swedish furniture in your spare time?
Can you sing like Adele or paint like Picasso?
I really believe everyone needs a creative outlet.
You don’t have to be good at your creative outlet, you just need to have one.
I don’t think a person can truly be happy without giving their “right brain” a source of communication.
Mind you, I’ve never thought I have an ounce of real creativity myself.
In fact, I’ve wondered if I have a right brain at all.
I draw stick people because I can’t draw anything else.
(I used to hate any drawing/artistic projects in school. I begged my artistic brother to draw for me when it was required.)
I love to sing, but absolutely no one loves to HEAR me sing.
I played guitar for years but my skill was mediocre, at best.
Still, I’ve noticed I’m much happier when I let even my sub-par creativity out.
It took many years before I realized there are many types of creativity other than those falling under the “art” or “music” categories.
Maybe you have a flawless fashion sense,
Or the eye of an amazing interior designer.
Maybe you can do a striptease worthy of a porn star.
I have a long-time friend who transforms a corner of her yard into a stunning garden each spring. Her creativity comes out as she works with her hands, digging, planting, and visualizing the end result even before she begins.
I know some of you are thinking you’re too damn busy to be creative.
Creativity can come out through our jobs, through our parenting, through our relationships and communication with others ….
(Although I do think our brains thrive on a “purer” outlet if given the opportunity.)
I was thinking about all this last weekend as I observed my three kids.
My daughter is compelled by her love of writing. If asked, she would say she’s “not the least” creative because she’s not artistic or musical. The creativity is there, though – in her written words.
My oldest son can draw and paint with an inborn talent few people have.
For him, drawing is as natural as breathing. He thinks it’s relaxing and fun, and has no intention of applying his creativity to a job in the arts.
My youngest son can’t seem to stop “making music,” in spite of the fact he’s never had a single music lesson. He’s constantly composing music especially when he should be doing his homework.
Writing, drawing, music … three kids and three very different creative outlets.
I’ve dabbled with a lot of creative outlets over the years.
Of course, the one I’ve always had –
Has been photography.
And by always,
I mean …
From the time I was 7 or 8 years old.
(Pretty much my entire life except when I was too damaged from the accident to hold a camera.)
What about you?
How do you exercise your right brain?
How do you express your creativity?