Remaining open to creativity might be the hardest thing to do in traditional education today, but most of us, at some point in our lives, feel that tapping on our shoulder. Honoring our creative nature is, in my mind, the best form of self care we can do.
How has your view of creative pursuits changed since you left high school? Did you remain creative or was it something you returned to as an adult?
I spent my career being creative, but in very regulated ways as a bench scientist. Teaching stimulated the creative juices, but since retiring I’ve run wild with writing, cooking, knitting – so much fun to exercise your little gray cells!
I’ve never stopped writing. One day I’ll find a rock I can polish into a gem holed up in my notebooks hopefully.
I was fortunate that my step-dad was an artist. He always urged my and my brother to be creative. But even without him, I was still pretty creative. The only time that my creativity seemed to vanish was while I was in the military. During that time, there didn’t seem to be much time to do anything. Although, I did have a sketch book that I drew in from time to time. After I got out it was like I had a creativity rebirth. I couldn’t create enough.
As long as I can remember I loved writing. I use to write stories all through middle school and even into high school. It wasn’t until I was in college that my creativity started to drown due to the overwhelming headache of my other college courses. Now that I stopped going to school I have found my creativity spark again and I love every second of it.