How to live a creative life (some simple tips)
How to live a creative life?
That's a popular question these days, with creative living being very much "in demand".
And it's a great question to ask yourself.
But before I give you some ideas on how you can live more creatively, I want to break down why you'd even want to.
Because even though I live a creative life, and love it, and wouldn't have it any other way, it kind of overwhelms me, when I read articles on why I "should" be living this way.
It seems like I have to live up to some big standard. Like, is this yet another thing, that I'm not doing right?
Can you relate?
What is it, to live a creative life?
Firstly, and maybe most importantly, creative living is NOT about a certain standard. It's not about comparing the level of your creative living to someone else's.
OMG, it so isn't!
To live a creative life, explained in the simplest way, is actually just to say:
"I'll give it a try".
All the time in life, we have to make choices and decisions, and instead of always making those choices and decisions based on what feels comfortable, try something new, and think, I'll give it a try.
It's being intentionally curious. Because if we're not intentionally curious, we will so easily go back to our default living, the way we usually live. Doing the same things every day, eating the same foods, going the same way to work every day, watching the same things on telly.
And there is nothing wrong with that. If that makes you happy and content. But since you're here, reading this post, I'll assume you are not content with "same ol".
Creative living is about getting a little curious and saying "I'll give it a try".
Why is it even good to live a creative life?
Oh, there are many reasons.
In my own experience, and what I know from the experience of others, creative living, is how we make sense of our lives. It's where our purpose lies hidden. Where we'll find our inner jewel/truth/soul.
It's where you'll get away from ego, comparison, perfectionism, and unrealistic expectations.
To live a creative life is just being you.
Another reason is that making art, even really bad art as I do, is good for your health, as it reduces stress in your body. I have read many articles on the link between stress and art, based on research and facts, but here is just the latest article I read a few days ago.
I'm multi-passionate, as you'll know from reading my blog, and that means, that I am, by definition, creative and curious. It's how I think and act, it's how I live my life and always have. That doesn't always make for a stable life, with a steady income, and a security net. Or understanding from people around me. But it has always kept me in touch with myself, brought on fantastic travels, and people in my life.
And it's a rich life.
So, to sum up, to live a creative life is good for your health, and it's the journey of the authentic you.
Pretty neat, I say :-)
(And it's fun and interesting, calming and frustrating, eye-opening and difficult, and all sorts of other things as well. That's another post)
Elizabeth Gilbert explains living a creative life this way:
A creative life is an amplified life. it's a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner - continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you - is a fine art, in and of itself.
- Elizabeth Gilbert
I think she is right.
I also think creative living are all those things when you have tried living this way.
But what if you are not living a creative life, and you'd like to?
What do you do and where do you start?
Well, fear not, my friend, I have your back.
Simple ideas to start living a creative life
Cut out some old magazines and create a collage.
Pick up some cheap paint and canvases from a store and paint for fun.
Write a few lines in a journal.
Take a completely different route to work.
Move your front room around.
Try something new at work.
Be curious about what other dinners you can make
You can also check out Pinterest for ideas. But the point is to do something - not just look.
(While you're there, you can follow my boards on creative living :-))
The point is, that you're not meant to turn your life upside down, just get a bit more curious and try something new.
For no one else's sake, but yours.......