Personal Creativity Should Be a Priority Too
I'm a highly creative person. I always have been and always will be. Art, crafts, writing, and everything in between have captured my interest since I was a little girl. Some of my best summertime memories were of the long rainy days I spent working on my own little projects. Don't get me wrong, I'm a nature lover as well. I never pass up the chance to go outdoors and have some fun. But part of me always wants to be creating something...anything!
That is the part I don't understand. Now that I'm an adult, my creativity tends to take a back burner in my life. Occasionally, I express my creativity through cooking meals for my family or making craft projects with my kids. But other than that, I don't give my creativity the priority it deserves...and it's sad.
Sitting down tonight at my laptop, I have to admit to myself that part of me is dammed up and numb. It's been months and months since I last scheduled regular time for my own personal projects, and it's starting to show. Inspiration used to abound. Poems used to form themselves inside my head. The urge to sketch would become overwhelming at times. I even dreamed stories I wanted to tell. Now it's mostly unintelligible noise and my creative side feels ill.
Come to think of it, I don't even feel like myself these days. Creativity is a huge part of who I am. I'm simply not me without a steady flow of passion, ideas, inspiration, and excitement. So why on earth did I ever quit creating on a daily basis?! I honestly don't have a legitimate or logical reason.
I'm in a sad, horrible state, and it's time to remedy that, my friends! From now on, I'm pledging to dedicate at least one hour every single day to go wherever my heart and mind may take me. No more excuses. Illness, work, chores, obligations, exhaustion—nothing short of a coma or death—is going to keep me from creating, dreaming, or imagining.
Life is far too short for letting lame excuses get in the way. I've wasted enough time already. It's time to be true to myself and see where it will take me. Maybe now I'll have all the right excuses to finally finish my first novel. There's no turning back now!
© 2015 Amanda R. Dollak
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