I came across a post this morning on one of my favorite blogs, Decor8, where the writer goes into detail about how to reclaim your creativity. This post hits right at home with me because, as described in the post, I awoke one day to discover that I live a very monotonous life. You get up, go to work, pay bills, blah blah blah. Living in a hamster wheel so to speak. Remember the days when you were a child where creativity was flowing nonstop – you made up games along the way, played pretend whatever – it honestly didn’t matter. You didn’t really have to think about it, you were just creative. It dawned on me that somewhere along the way to adulthood, I lost that creative ability. I’ll get a little creative spurt once in awhile but it’s sort of like a leaky faucet – it just kind of appears and then disappears just as fast.
I really didn’t think much about it until I had Olivia and it dawned on me that I want to encourage her creativity. She’s going to ask to play with me at some point and I don’t want to say, “let’s pretend to pay bills” because that’s the only thing I know how to do. So how does one tap into their creativity once again and remember all that you were passionate about as a child? The blog recommends doing a mind map to help you recall all these childhood memories. I’m a little skeptical since I don’t feel I will be able to remember all that I did when I was a child but I will give it a try later and let you know how it went. You can read the full blog post for Decor8 here
3 responses to “Creativity Series”
"She’s going to ask to play with me at some point and I don’t want to say, ‘let’s pretend to pay bills’ because that’s the only thing I know how to do."
Another blog that’s really good and has focused on re-acquiring and nurturing one’s creativity is 43folders.com.
When I used to babysit I would play hairdresser with the girls.. barring a few bangs with the brush– i got my hair brushed which felt nice and they were having fun- a win- win situation!
Hairdresser is a good idea but I’m thinking playing restaurant might be better – she can be serving me, the customer, a bottle of wine or a nice cocktail prepared to my liking. I might as well make it work for me, yes?
Thanks Tim for the site suggestion – dude is pretty funny.