We are ALL creative beings. Fact.
By holding our creativity back, we are doing ourselves and the world a disservice.
I truly believe that by expressing ourselves creatively we are honouring our own self-care and in doing so we heal ourselves and the world around us.
I know from personal experience what a relief I feel when I create. I grew up loving art, cooking, acting and making things. In school, art classes were one of my releases, my sanctuary for me to escape from my difficult home life. Nature was my muse and when I was left alone with my pencils, pastels and a blank sheet of paper, hours would pass by and I would feel so free, and like I could just be me. I loved the freedom and excitement from not knowing what might come out of me, what might take shape on the paper in front of me. I even went so far as to do an art degree, which I thought would further my creativity.
Sadly, for me, I found I had to do art a certain way, which went against what I wanted to do. A way that fit into what society demanded – it had to be art that could make a career. I was told I wasn’t good, and I even failed my art degree the first time I did it. It ruined art for me, and it was over 14 years until (with the support of some incredible friends) I picked up a pencil and paintbrush for the first time.
When I did, I remembered just how much I love to create. To express… To allow… To put colour on paper. From then it has snowballed, and I finally have the confidence to begin creating again.
The difference? This time it’s for ME!
When I walked into an art store for the first time in years, I honestly felt like a kid in a candy shop – the colours, the materials, the textures – so much beauty, so much possibility. It just made my soul SO happy. This is the ultimate form of self-care for me!
Getting creative in a way that works for you (it could be painting, flower arranging, cooking, photography, dancing – anything that allows YOU to express yourself) is such a good way to release emotions, get into the flow and reconnect with yourself.
I encourage you to do something creative that’s just for YOU. What do you enjoy creating? If you aren’t sure perhaps think back to what you loved doing as a child – that may spark some ideas.
This blog post s a snippet from my book, Embodied. You can get your own copy of Embodied here or anywhere you buy your books online.
Photo by Ronald Cuyan on Unsplash.
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