Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines creative as
having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas
How often, when faced with the possibility of trying something new, have you said, audibly or silently, I’m not creative?
Did you really mean something else? I’m scared to create. Or I don’t know how to create.
Back in the day when we actually had to take film to a store to be processed, I started working with people who wanted to do something more with those photos than letting them languish in an envelope or box.
Most of the time, my customers were women. Their friends had talked them into coming with them to a scrapbook party to learn some basics for getting started on an album and to assemble a simple page with photos, words, paper, tape and stickers.
When I asked them what held them back, often they admitted that they didn’t think they were creative.
To be creative is to do something in a new or different way, I would tell them, so if you’re doing this for the first time, then no matter how it turns out, even that is creative.
The same holds true today, when we can see our snapshots instantaneously on our phones. (And then sadly do nothing else with them; but that is a story for another day.)
So, you’re creative if for the first or second or seventh time:
· You’re turning a few photos into a meaningful keepsake by dragging photos across a computer screen and dropping them in a template.
· You’re putting brush to canvas while sipping wine with friends and following an instructor’s directions.
· You’re spreading icing over a cake in a decorating class and it is a little lumpy.
You get the idea. You’re creative if you’re trying something different or new, no matter the outcome. Yes, it can be uncomfortable at first.
What activity have you wanted to try but haven’t? What makes your heart leap a little when you think about it even for a second?
Whatever you try, you ultimately may decide you stink at it but oh well, who cares? It’s fun. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Or you may decide that you’re not very good and you don’t really like doing it either. That knowledge is useful. It frees you up to try something else.
Or you may just discover something that you love, something that lightens your load and helps you find some breathing room in your life.
We were made to create.
When we first consider trying something new, we are fearful. When we overcome that, the logistics of how and where and when tend to sort themselves out.
We women can be great at talking ourselves out of trying.
Would we accept these excuses from our children or our grandchildren?
By all means, don’t take up silk flower arranging if you think that seems like a ridiculous way to spend time and you never even pause when walking past that section of the store. But a key to staying young is to keep learning.
So what does make you pause? What do you stop and admire, before fear forces you to think or say I’m not creative.
Here’s how to get started stirring up some creative juices if you’ve lost touch with that side of yourself:
· Make a list of three activities that have sparked your interest even the tiniest bit.
· Google each activity. The internet has taken away our ability to say truthfully, I don’t know how.
· Survey your friends. Who else is interested in this, even enough to try it just once with you? Schedule time to figure it out together.
· If you don’t know anyone else who wants to try it, search for a class you can take. Find a Meet Up group in your area that’s doing it. Put it on your calendar. Give it a shot.
Today is your day.
We were made to create.
Schedule some time to work through this process. What do you want to try? When are you going to make it happen? Which friends will be your partner in creating? Share your ideas, thoughts, challenges and successes in a comment here or in our FREE Facebook group.
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