Do you think you can have too much creating in your life? I suspect the answer to that is “no” but I do think, like all things, you can go a bit overboard, and this is sort of how I felt after the last day of Project: Create (a 30 day challenge to create something every day.) Kudos to those of you who do longer challenges…my hat is off to you. I found the pressure to create something every day uncomfortable at times. I found myself struggling to create something, and so often, I was doing it for what felt like the wrong reasons, to have something to show for my day, and not necessarily because I was moved to create something.
But then, when I thought about it, it sounded so much like another thing I try to do on a regular basis: physical exercise. Not always comfortable, not something we always feel like doing, but so vital to our health and happiness. And from that perspective, perhaps the goal to create something every day even if it doesn’t always feel “right” is still important. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, thought-provoking, or complicated. Exercise your creativity like a muscle, and you get stronger, and braver, and more skilled. And, just like exercise, giving yourself permission to goof off now and then is important: being too rigid and inflexible about anything can be detrimental. Maybe you already knew all of this, but it was (yet another) epiphany for me.
So here is a recap of the 5 most important lessons from the past 30-ish days:
1. Creativity is like a muscle. Exercise it to get stronger.
2. You don’t have to create big, intricate things to have great impact on yourself, and others.
3. Sometimes mistakes and accidents lead to the most beautiful creations.
4. Don’t be afraid to try something new (a different type of art, material, or really anything…) It might work. It might not. And either way is okay.
5. Surround yourself (even virtually) with creative people for inspiration, support, and feedback—and remember that you are all those things for them as well 🙂
Project: Create Creations