One of the single most important aspects of my life is the ability to stay creative. It brings meaning to an otherwise dreary existence. No, I’m just kidding. I’m not a dark gothic teenager and life isn’t dreadful. However, it can become dull and mundane with the hustle and bustle of everyday activities.
However, it can become dull and mundane with the hustle and bustle of everyday activities. That’s where partaking in activities that open the creative mind comes into play, it helps with balance. To me being creative means having freedom, being self-aware, building on the faith and confidence in our instincts, and developing problem solving skills. It’s also a great stress reliever.
Some may say that being creative is an act of rebellion and I agree whole heartedly. It demands being courageous and sadly for most of us, it’s something that declines as we go through life. We encourage creativity in children but as we mature something happens to most of us that stifles creativity. I believe that something is fear. We fear failure, we fear fitting in, we fear being ridiculed, and most of all we fear being judged. Unfortunately, we end up judging and censoring ourselves. That’s where being strong and having the courage to not be influenced by other people’s negative opinions. We should embrace our own creativity and develop those things that bring passion in our lives.
Ok, so what can I do to open my creativity?
There are two parts to creativity, that which inspires us and the activities that we engage in. Here are two lists that offer inspiration and activities to help you realize your creative potential.
Things that inspire creativity.
Activity to be creative.
These two lists are quick ideas but are by no means the only things that bring about creativity. Can you think of any other ways of inspiring your creative side or are there any activities that you indulge in that brings passion to your life?
Whatever you do in life, stay creative and don’t judge or censor yourself.
Brian Lundgren is a marketing professional, musician, and family man living in the Southeast region of Massachusetts.