Am I Really a Creative?
Do you feel like you are creative? I think most people either feel like they’re creative or they don’t. When I was growing up, I never felt creative which is one of my limiting beliefs. I was too predictable and orderly; everything had to be in its place. My shoes even had to match my pants, and my socks had to be the same color as my shirt. I know, that would be a total fashion faux pas now; or at least I think it would be. Thankfully, my socks now match my shoes!
On the other hand, one of my friends in school beat to her own drum so to speak. She was happy mismatching different colors. She wore the fingerless gloves and alternating neon fingernail polish. There was no way I could be bold or creative enough to pull that off.
Sure, I tried my hand at painting ceramics, cross stitching, and sewing, but all those things have something in common. They all had step-by-step directions for me to follow. Sometimes not so carefully. While I was decent at those activities, I still didn’t feel that I was creative. I was just following directions.
After college, I was still as dull and predictable. If I’m being honest, I was probably even more so than before. I stopped all my crafty pursuits and focused on work. A young woman that I was close to from work was into the renaissance festival, making jewelry, and being in tune to her spiritual self. What was I? I was watching television and reading books. In my mind, being creative was something that free-thinking people did. Someone who wanted to live on the fringes of society.
For years, I steered clear of anything spiritual or non-science based. Energy healing, vibrational forces, herbal medicines, and yoga were just a few of the practices that I felt were too unproven to be followed. These activities were all too non-mainstream for me.
I was so judgmental. So, what was writing to me when I tried my hand at it?
Following a formula. I wrote non-flowery text. I wrote as I spoke. I was following a pattern, and I was proud of that fact.
I wasn’t creative. However, somewhere along the line, I began connecting with countless creative and inspirational women – business owners, painters, crafters, specialists, spiritual and energy healers, and others. You know what I discovered? The most open and caring women you can find. Strong women. Passionate women. Women who embraced their unique creative flow and dared others to judge them. Why? Because they don’t care what others think of their work, niche, or creative outlet. Their creative endeavors fulfill and satisfy their soul, and that is what being a creative means. And their work is amazing!
I’m a creative. I’m baring my soul to others. I’m daring others not to get what I do, and that’s empowering. I get what I do, and I love it. How freeing is that?
Are you struggling to embrace your creative side?
I think we all have one whether we are flaunting it or not. If you feel like you don’t have a creative side, you can let your guard down and beat to your own drum.
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