Do you consider yourself to be a creative person? What do you like to create? Have you been creating lately?
I have been following Alex Beadon for a little while, and she recently started posting personal vlogs. She has been saying in her vlogs that after getting into vlogging, she realized that she missed the act of creating for the sake of creating ever since she let her photography business go.
This got me thinking: I love writing for the sake of writing. I get so caught up in how I might turn doing what I love doing into how I generate income, sometimes I forget that it is purely joyful for me.
I am in no way talented at painting, singing, or other forms of art. Nor do I want to be. But writing is the form of creation that I love.
The Cycle of Creativity
Kids are encouraged to create to develop their minds and just to have fun. As adults, we can get caught up in making a living and making everything work and forget to just do things because they are fun. And even if they are fun, it feels like they have to be associated with achieving some goal or getting something out of it. Otherwise, what’s the point?
The point is to create. For the sake of creating. Say it with me.
There might not be any point other than that. To feel joy. To do what you love because you love doing it. Not because of the health benefits, or because it could turn into something as amazing as Twilight or Glee or Facebook. Just because.
And perhaps there are health or monetary benefits to be gained. But as kids, we didn’t care about that stuff. Because we didn’t have to.
We just made stuff. And then moved on. Repeat.
Blogging & Living Purposefully
I am making my blog. And I love it! My life has changed so much since I started blogging. I feel calmer and more purposeful. I have a creative outlet where I can try new things. Even if they don’t really work out, that’s okay.
I am doing something purposeful to me. I figure things out as I go. I learn something new every time I immerse myself in the idea of being a blogger. And it’s really fun!
One of my goals in life, besides living a simplified life, is to only do things that I feel purposefully passionate about. I have learned this from another blogger I followed back before I got the courage to start my own blog. Tina Su, the creator of Think Simple Now wrote in her ebook Discover You Now that she is at the point in her life where she only takes on projects because they feel aligned with what she wants to be doing in life.
I know this seems like a luxury most of us can’t afford, but I allow myself to dream that this will one day be my reality. In the meantime, I will continue to create for the sake of creating. I will continue to pursue my goals, but I will also tune in to what feels right for my life.
What do you like to create for creation’s sake? Please share your thoughts!