Throughout childhood, creativity is something that is usually nurtured and encouraged. Yet it seems that as we go further through the school system, the focus shifts more to academia, with creative pursuits being viewed as inferior or undeserving of our time. And this extends further once, if you choose to attend, university starts and you’re juggling jobs or you choose to work full-time. Sometimes it can be so hard to justify sitting down to create, whatever your creative medium may be, when there are so many other things vying for your attention. Even if you get past study, work, cleaning, grocery shopping, exercise, etc… there’s Instagram to scroll through, messages to reply to, TV shows to catch up on, blogs and books to read… It can be quite overwhelming.
I have always been an immensely creative individual. Creating, in whatever form, makes me happy, passionate, inspired, driven, independent and peaceful. Yet I am guilty of not creating when I feel that other things in my life are more important because my creativity is not for a specific purpose. But after a while of not letting my creative juices flow, I start to feel stressed and uninspired. Instead of setting creative projects to the wayside, I need to make time in my life to slow down and get in touch with my creativity, especially when I am most stressed. This could be in the form of drawing, painting, cooking, dancing, writing, crafting, blogging or photography. Because it is when I am doing these things that I am most happy and feel most in touch with my true self.
You don’t have to be another cog in the wheel, determined by the system. You create the life that you want each and every day. You are not a passive bystander to life’s plans for you. So manifest what you want each and every day and create your own happiness. With intention, you can do anything, be anything and go anywhere that you choose. Your life is in no one’s hands but yours.
In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert: