Right now you are too busy. You have too much going on. You don’t have time to be creative, but later… Uh oh. That won’t work.
You want, crave, and need creative practice in your life, but you are have children (or a job or pets or a crumbling house or all of the above) needing and wanting and craving your attention constantly. Fitting in one more thing can seem impossible and you might be tempted to put off “being creative” until “later.”
Well, I have to tell you two things:
- “Later” is a Baaaad habit to get into. It mentally affirms over and over that you cannot be creative now and constantly puts it off into some rosey future. You train yourself that NOW is not an ok time to be creative and you set up the perfect excuse by imagining “later” as this time when you will have more…time. What do you think will happen? One day will all of your obligations cease? Will someone tap you on the shoulder and say, “OK. Now’s the time! You can be creative!”
- Being Creative is not separate from LIFE. It is not one more thing added in, because when you make creativity a priority in your life it permeates all parts of your day. I am not saying that every mundane task suddenly becomes filled with excitement and joy, but putting creativity at the forefront does mean that you are more likely to find ways to infuse your tasks with a creative flair.
Try this: the next hassle you come across in your day , even if it IS very annoying, try to frame it as an opportunity for creative thought. Perhaps say to yourself, “What would I do if I were a really creative person? (and psst, you are a really creative person.) Is there room for a playful or unique solution? Would a little humor help things smooth out?
We often think we can only be creative given hours of uninteruppted time, but we have little opportunities to practice our creativity every day.
(The drawing in the above image is inspired by Tammy at Daisy Yellow .)