How being creative can help life transitions
Life transitions are kind inevitable, aren't they?
We go from childhood to adolescence, to adulthood.
From school to education, to job.
We go from job to job, to job, to job. (If you're a polymath, like me)
We go from raising children to them leaving home, and us being alone again.
And so on.
As much as I believe that spending time, any time, creating something is good/beneficial/healthy/fun, I'm also careful not to claim I know what is best for you.
When I claim that being creative can help life transitions, it's because it has helped me, and other people I know.
Some of my life transitions
Oh, I've got some experience in life transitions.
I've lived in many places, in different countries, I've had many jobs in different fields, a couple of businesses, and as I write this, I'm in a new life transition.
I might be going back to school in November, it's not final yet, but if I do, it'll be a big life transition for me.
So, if you need help going through a life transition? I'm your gal! :-).
I don't know how to stand still. Physically, yes. We have lived in the same apartment for 6 years now, which is a record, and I've had the same job for 3 years now, which is also a personal record. But I've probably done the most personal growth in this time, than in my entire life.
It takes courage.
I've lost count on how many times, I've quit my job, without having a new one, and moved to a different country. When I was in my twenties, I was "country hopping" between Ireland, England, and Denmark.
At the time, I didn't think I was being particularly brave, although I can see now that I was.
Deciding to make any change in your life, takes courage.
It takes courage because you are stepping into the unknown.
Perhaps you feel the same way, but I certainly feel it gets harder to make big changes in my life, the older I get. It's like there is more at stake.
Maybe it's just a limited belief, but I don't like moving the kids out of their school, just because I feel like a change. I did it when they were younger. Not so much now.
But of course, it can be done.
Being creative can help life transitions
When there is turmoil going on, a change in habits and things happen out of your control, having something where you can express your feelings, is a huge help.
Having that little space, that is just for you.
In his excellent book "One Small Step Can Change Your Life - The Kaizen Way", Dr. Robert Maurer says
"Research demonstrates, that people who use a journal to chart their emotions, receive the same kind of psychological benefit, as those who talk to a doctor or minister or friend."
That's pretty wild.
And we know that journaling is a creative act.
Writing down your feelings and emotions is a great way to make sense of everything that is happening to you. One of the benefits is, that you can be as angry, childish, foolish you want. No one is going to know. And you get it out of your system.
Being creative is also being curious. Curious about what is happening. And why.
Here are a few Journal prompts for inspiration:
Why am I changing?
And what am I changing?
What will happen, when....?
And what would I like to happen?"
"What are my feelings around this?"
If you're not into writing in a journal, maybe painting, doodling, drawing, knitting, building, is more your thing. It really doesn't matter what kind of creating you're doing.
It's just that little time you're spending expressing (creating) some of what is going on in your inner world, that makes your life transition a smoother ride.
5 minutes now and again.
That' creative living.
Good luck with it.