‘Creativity is where love lies,’ stated Sherry, my good friend, during one of our treks in the mountains. This comment was born after our discussion about the deep enjoyment I feel while artists work at my studio, particularly when I witness a breakthrough. In five words Sherry summed up beautifully why the pursuit of a creative life is worthwhile.
There are so many benefits to the creative pursuit:
It provides continuous learning and challenge.
It holds no barriers to age, race, or gender.
It communicates and connects.
It brings meaning and beauty.
It creates legacies and inspirations.
It provides opportunities for flow states and personal growth.
It can be timeless and transcendent.
It gives the world the gift of your creations.
It adds more depth to daily living.
Rene Brown states in her book Rising Strong, ‘Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being.’
As the year draws to a close, some will be glad to see it’s tail end, others grateful for the good it brought, and some will feel a bit of both. Whatever the happenings in the coming year, creative endeavours will keep our souls afloat on that great sea of our imaginations. Keep sailing my friends.
The Artist Within