Updated: Jun 9
Is it really in all of us to be creative? Or is it only for some and not others?
The answer to both of these questions is no. Because we don’t pull out creativity, we find creativity. It’s a combination of what surrounds us and our own soul’s unique interpretation and expression of what we receive from our environment. It, indeed, is in all of us. It is much easier to look at others on social media and get distracted by what others are producing rather than creating ourselves. Rather than discover ourselves.
I got my first iPhone when I was 12 years old, and it kept me awake all night and depressed all day. It allowed instant access to validation and communication, something I wasn’t getting from my family at home.
Now when I find myself lonely, angry or sad, I choose creativity first. Whether that’s doodling, going for a walk, making myself something delicious to eat. I rely on myself to create happiness. If I find myself using social media, I intend to share my authentic love with others so that they can find their bliss too.
It can feel impossible to stop checking your phone immediately upon rising. To this day, I find myself often waking up with both my phone and tablet in my bed with me. However, I’ll always try my best to do something creative before interacting with or taking in information from anyone else.
The morning is my time. I suggest you do the same.
Try being curious about yourself, allow this time, just 5 or 10 minutes even, to just be yourself without anything or anyone else. Suppose meditation is not your thing. You can pick up a pen and pencil, or even just sit yourself up to stare out the window, then make yourself the most luxurious of breakfasts. What do you enjoy doing? It’s a great question to ask yourself.
Remember that you’re not hurting anyone by taking time for yourself. If you hear that voice in your head telling you you’re not worthy of doing the things you love. That is your ego talking; allow the agent to be there. See if you can practice not listening to it. See if you can hear your soul speaking too. Know that one day, you’ll start to bring your soul’s voice out into the world. I can tell you from experience; it’s not how loud you scream; it’s how authentically you can communicate. You have to find your voice to be heard.
There’s a natural communication that begins to occur between your true self and the world the more you give yourself opportunities for these time outs. I find the morning the most comfortable time to commune with myself. Especially in the early hours, when everyone else is still asleep. In this time, you may find a deeper connection to your body. You will notice maybe aches and pain you weren’t aware of before; you may find certain foods you thought you liked, you don’t have a taste for anymore, you may find yourself wanting to drink more water and eat more veggies. If you think I’m crazy, try it for a month, every morning, Giving yourself time to reflect and contemplate before doing anything else.
I highly suggest journaling. It is much like meditation, but it can be easier for the overactive mind, which has a tough time sitting still. By writing, you are slowing down your thoughts, allowing your mind to process more effectively, and come up with solutions and resolutions to the emotions you may be feeling. You will discover your values, what matters to you.
What makes you happy and fulfilled in life? I’ve found that all I need is a strong sense of belonging and healthy relationships. Love.
“Unconditional love exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.”