This is why I love creativity so much and why I am creating a workshop which teaches people this:
When life is hard, your co-workers are annoying, your boss hates you, your kids drive you up the wall, creativity is your friend. Your ability to create something that didn’t exist before, that you have made up. Creating is what will save you.
We react to life every day. Moving and navigating the people around us. Relationships, jobs, chores, sleep, and food.
Most of what we fill our days with is done for survival. For ourselves and our families. And this is extra true if you have children. And that’s how it should be, of course. So we don’t often get time to digest the emotions we have gone through in a day.
This is one of the reasons why creating saves my sanity (hubs would say I’d need to do a whooole lot more creating for that to happen ….haha). I’m a person who feels and senses a lot, so it is über important that I carve out space in my life to deal with just being me.
If too much time passes when I don’t write on this blog or paint, I get irritable. It’s like I don’t know what to do with myself.
I think because also now creating is such a big part of my life, it affects me more when I don’t.
Why creating saves my sanity
Writing and painting literally feed my soul in ways that nothing else can.
It challenges me to get hold of my thoughts and feelings and squeeze them like an ol’ j-cloth until something comes out. Actually, that’s just the writing that does that. Painting is pure joy and very quick. I call the painting I do playing with color. Because that’s exactly what it is.
Writing is simple but difficult, as my writer friend Ginger Moran says.
But oh, to write words that are thought up by me and seeing them in print (or in a post) is bloomin’ marvelous.
Writing dives into my deepest core and there is no one but me there. It’s a world that is endless and has everything and anything, depending on which turn I take.
Nothing else matters than that world I enter. And it’s usually only for minutes at a time, because I write in our front room and I have 3 kids and a hubby who likes my attention. No, they are good at letting me get on with it. But there are distractions.
Creating saves my sanity when there’s a real danger I drown in self-pity and the blame game. When it’s definitely other people’s fault. Whatever the case, someone is annoying me. (I’m smiling as I’m writing this, as I can hear how funny it is)
The irony is, that writing is a break from my thoughts.
It’s a break from the same story of made up rubbish that goes around in circles in my head. The same conversations I have from I open my eyes in the morning till I close them at night.
When I write, it’s new conscious thoughts, a specific topic I’m thinking about and not random rubbish. It’s a way to control a little bit of what goes on in my head.
This is a huge sanity saver.
Staying focused and concentrated long enough to get an actual piece together is the biggest challenge but it’s a challenge I’m up for.
It’s the Process
All this sanity-saving only happens during the process of creating. Once the “thing” is finished, it’s over and the rubbish stories come back to circle.
All the saving, learning, and joy happens during the creation itself. Yes, I get joy from looking at my paintings, but not as much joy as when I painted them. So I want to paint a new one.
This is why I am such an advocate for focusing on the creative process and not on the result.
The juice, the joy, the frustrations, the stillness, the learning all happens in the process. It’s fantastic.
I hope you feel inspired to enter the world of you, even for 5 minutes. Your sanity will thank you 🙂
Creativity is going to save the world from all the loonie bins!