Creativity: How to Understand its Power

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Today, let’s talk about creativity and the emotions it brings with it. Fulfilling your creative desires is one of the most satisfying experiences we can have, but with it can come an abundance of struggle and complicated emotions.

Creativity Can Give and Take

Creativity comes in many forms. Making music, writing, acting, entertaining and so much more relies on the creative spirit each of us have. The passion and drive to pursue something creative isn’t a straight line of satisfaction, but instead, a rocky path of success and failure.

Finding what makes you happy and what you want to create is often a daunting challenge. There’s no one real way to do it that can apply to everyone, given the nature of the beautiful individuality that defines us as a person. Some ways would be to reflect on what makes you happy, or seeing what others make and how it might inspire you. The struggle doesn’t end with finding your passion. You might find that it isn’t a fit at all, and you need to start over entirely. This is completely fine. It is perfectly okay to go through parts of your life unsure of what you want to create.

The road of finding creative satisfaction will be one that lasts the majority of your life, if not its entirety. If you find yourself in a place that you think something isn’t right for you, take the leap and switch. You will never know if you made the right choice if you never make a choice at all.

How Can I Balance Creativity in My Life?

Life has a funny habit of throwing things at you to throw you off of your original plan. When I talked with Alyshia Ochse on my podcast, we discussed how she’s experienced this. In her life, she’s had times that she could make the best plan for her week, only for a variable she can’t control to come in and blow it all away, such as her daughter getting sick. This sort of thing happens to us all, throughout our lives. What she does when this happens is the key to remaining mindful in such stressful scenarios. She doesn’t deny or get frustrated, but she understands and accepts it as just what’s happening.

Set Goals!

I like to think that we can take a lesson from that, as it truly is important to understand how chaotic life can be, and to not let that ruin our time. It will feel unpleasant to miss out on opportunities or immediate goals with life throws a wrench into your calendar, but remaining mindful and remembering that you will have another chance and more time to bounce back and take down those goals is key.

Even when there are no metaphorical wrenches making you rethink your schedule, maintaining balance is important to pursuing a creative passion. When scheduling your day or week, don’t forget about the necessities, no matter how little they might seem. The obvious ones are easy to see, being work, cooking, and sleeping, but to maintain a mindful and happy state of being, we need more than that. Don’t forget to spend time with some loved ones, be they friends or family, in-person or online. Give yourself time to rest and relax, not just sleep. Working to the bone constantly will wear your batteries out, so it’s important to be able to take a step back, sit down, and breathe. Make sure you give yourself time to have fun and engage in any hobbies you have too, especially if they aren’t the same as your creative focus.

Today’s Closing Thoughts

Creativity is a powerful resource we have in our hearts. When following it properly, you can find yourself achieving your dreams. But, as the classic line goes, with great power comes great responsibility. It’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and keep that creative spark burning. If you want to hear more of my thoughts and where this blog originated from, please consider listening to my podcast, Your Unique Brilliance, in which I talk with a variety of guests about remaining mindful and finding happiness in our lives. If you find yourself curious about your emotions, their meaning, and how we can decode their mysteries, my course covers exactly that. Thank you so much for reading, and remember to stay mindful.

Nicola Salter