For as long as I can remember, my office at work has had this one plant in it. It’s nothing special, but it’s definitely the longest I’ve ever seen one plant kept alive. (Every plant in our house died growing up. #sorrymom)
Don’t get me wrong- there have been many times I thought this plant was going to die. It would shrivel up because everyone forgot to water it, but then we would realize and it somehow kept coming back, usually a little bit bigger than before.
Now, I’m about to make a leap here, but stick with me. When I was thinking about people and being creative, the first thing I thought of was this plant.
The more I thought about it, the more I feel pretty confident with this analogy. Here are four reasons why I think it’s important to make time to be creative.
- When we cease creating, we start to wither.
In the same way my work plant begins to wither away every few months when we forget to water it, so do our hearts when we don’t make time to be creative. It keeps us alive spiritually and emotionally because it connects us to something bigger than ourselves.
Being creative helps us see past all the junk of the day to day and bring something to life only we can.
Merriam Webster defines creative as “marked by the ability or the power to create.” We all have been marked simply because God made us in his image and let’s be honest- who’s more creative than God?
- When we create, it inspires those around us.
We all have seen someone do something and couldn’t help but think, “this is what this person was meant to do.” After seeing this, it’s nearly impossible to walk away and not think about what we do that feels the same way.
What is it in us that makes us feel so alive, we can’t help but smile and feel whole afterwards?
Being creative inspires others to ask that question of themselves, which allows them to find that something that makes them whole.
- When we create, we come back a little bigger and a little stronger.
Let’s be totally honest here- being creative can be HARD work, and sometimes it’s not fun. We don’t always want to turn off the TV or say “no” to a night out so we can be creative.
Even when we do have the willpower to get that far, it doesn’t always come easy. We sit staring at a blank screen for what feels like hours or we get to the top of a mountain and struggle to find that perfect shot because it took us longer to get there than we thought.
This process makes us stronger, and what we create gains value because we had to work for it.
- Creating makes us vulnerable.
Being creative can be scary. It forces us to tap into a part of ourselves that until now, only we have been privy to. Sitting down to write blog posts is terrifying to me. Knowing whatever I write down is out there for whoever wants to read it almost makes me not want to do it at all. Brene Brown says in her book Daring Greatly, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.”