I attended a studio tour over the weekend, five different artists opened their spaces to share with us how they do what they do. It was fascinating to see behind the curtain, to experience the how behind the what. All the places were very different, as the artists were all very different. Everything from textiles to iron work. It was also very insightful to talk with each artist to better understand the journey they traveled, the decisions they made along their path and how they are navigating now.
One of the things I admire about creatives is their ability to put their insights into action. We all have aha moments and revelations about ourselves, creative people seem to also dig deep and find the courage to do something about it. It is as if they have a magical insight into how to combine inspiration and work ethic into creating a tangible thing…which is in essence what they do. We are the beneficiaries of that activity, seeing, experiencing and being able to incorporate into our own lives the byproducts of their courageous journey. Creative people reveal themselves to us through their work and open doors we might never have imagined.
So now it is our turn to dig deep and better understand those creative things inside of ourselves. Oh I know, you don’t think you are creative in that way…think again. Do you balance your finances, live in a space you have put your own things into, have relationships with people not like yourself? Or maybe you make something, anything, and give your output to people as gifts. Maybe you create amazing spreadsheets, balance budgets, build programs or develop people. Creativity comes in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colors. It does not have to only exist in the arts arena. I believe everyone is creative in some way, shape or form no matter how boring or dull they think of themselves. We simply have to tap into our inner courage to allow our creativity to reveal itself. Being creative is not the hard part, the hard part is daring to do something about it.
I double dog dare you to DO something about your creative thoughts and ideas…even if you are the only one to experience those outcomes. Tapping into our talents is always a great way to feel better about who we are and where we are going. And don’t let anyone tell you your creative time is wasted..never let anyone poo poo your efforts. If it makes you happy, then it is worth every moment you invest in yourself.