Creating for fun is not what we do most as grown ups, is it?
It’s a kids thing. They play for fun and draw for fun, and play football for fun.
Play is a child’s world. And they are happy playing. They don’t like being interrupted in their play. Especially not to do chores and homework. Agh!
It’s a little different for us, isn’t it? The average grown up doesn’t sit down and play with pen and paper, when there are dishes, kids, dinner, clothes etc. to be sorted out.
I say “average” because unless playing and creating is your life and/or job, chances are, you don’t.
We might play with our kids sometimes. But play, just for because we feel like it? Not often.
But I believe not doing things for fun, without having a goal, is a mistake. Especially when it comes to creativity and our creative life.
It’s not particularly beneficial to take things too serious. It shrivels us up, and makes us all moody and cranky.
But how can we change that so we lighten up a bit?
What to create for fun
You can take pictures to see if you like it. With your phone or a camera. It doesn’t matter.
You can try paint. On paper or canvas. It doesn’t matter. Or doodling, or just watercolor a piece of paper.
Knit, sew, crochet, build, write, draw, garden, cook, bake for fun. For no other reason, than you might enjoy it.
Wonderful things happen sometimes when we play.
You might even discover a new passion when you do try something for fun. What if it turns out that you are great at playing the piano? That learning new songs comes easy to you, and that playing the piano makes you feel so relaxed and connected to the real you, and that when you play, time goes so fast that hours feels like minutes? What if playing the piano makes you happy?
It could happen.
And what is great is, if you don’t feel this way about playing the piano (and you know you just fill in whatever you want instead of the piano example), it doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. You tried something. So what?
Creative time is always well spent.
It’s no big deal. It’s just for fun.
Fun is important for your creativity
Play, fun and silliness makes up happy people.
It’s a neurological fact,
It makes us smile and laugh. And it makes us creative.
I’m sure you know this from your own life. Having a good time is the best time of all. Having a laugh, being silly, cracking jokes.
Fun and play makes us more brave in our creative pursuits too. Because we don’t take ourselves and our creativity so serious, when we just create for fun.
It’s when we think we have to perform and live up to some standard we think other people hold us accountable for, that we stumble in our creativity and all too often we stop creating.
Biologically it’s because our amygdala stays “asleep” and we get access to front cortex where creativity (and action) is in our brain.
I’m obviously no neuroscientist, but this statement is backed by Dr. Robert Maurer, and Stuart Brown, M.D. says at the beginning of his book “Play”
“For us (humans), play is at the core of creativity and innovation”.
Why creating for fun is the love affair you want
So doing something for fun is not just a way to kill time, or something childish and not serious.
Creating for fun is, in fact, a genius way to spend your time.
It’s good for your creativity, your mood, your health and your soul. And you’re probably a lot more fun to be around too when you’re doing something for fun:-) I know I am.
If you are interested in creating a little more fun in your life, then I’m putting together a workshop where it’s all about creating for fun. It’s going to be called………”Just for Fun”
Make sure you’re on the list for the early bird special.
I truly hope you have been inspired, or convinced, or inspired AND convinced to go and do some silly creating.
P.S This post was written with Maître Gims “est-ce que tu m’aimes” on repeat.