The creative life is enjoyable life. It’s rich in experiences that allow us to grow. It’s good for our minds, it’s good for our health, and it’s just plain fun. Many people develop successful creative businesses, but creativity is valuable in its own right. Creative pursuits can change lives from the inside out.
I’ve heard the call of creativity for many years, and I found out early that it’s a call that is difficult to silence. In second grade, I immersed myself in an assignment to color a picture of a boat on ocean waves. My family had just visited the ocean on summer vacation. Vivid memories of ocean water sparkling in the sun filled my mind’s eye. Blues, greens, purples, flecks of orange and yellow – all of these were a part of my experience of the ocean. I worked furiously, adding layers and highlights and shadows to my ocean waves. At last it was finished. I loved it. My teacher took one look at it and drew a frownie face on it, along with the comment, “Water is blue.” I disagreed, and I still loved it.
Many years later, when tragedy struck, creativity was a lifeline that helped me survive. I came to realize the power of creativity as soul-sustaining activity. Since that time I have become a published writer, a painter, a photographer, and a public speaker. I’ve even tried my hand (and voice) at music! Of course, I’m more successful at some of these things than at others, but all of them yield joy and interest. Your experiences, and your expression of those experiences, are sacred. Hold them, cherish them, express them, for they empower us as individuals. Artistic expression, whether through writing, painting, dance, music, knitting, sewing, or any other creative activity, nurtures life. I hope you will join me on this creative journey.