“Do something creative everyday.” Do that. Do something creative everyday, even if you work in a cubicle, even if you have a newborn, even if someone told you a long time ago that you’re not an artist, or you can’t sing, or you have nothing to say. Those people are bad people, and liars, and we hope they develop adult-onset acne really bad. Everyone has something to say. Everyone. Because everyone, every person was made by God, in the image of God. If He is a creator, and in fact He is, then we are creators, and no one, not a bad seventh-grade English teacher or a harsh critic or jealous competitor, can take that away from you.” – “Cold Tangerines” by Shauna Niequist.
Someone I follow on Instagram posted a screen shot of this paragraph from Shauna’s book. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list of books to buy on my Barnes & Noble trip this weekend. I read it, and then re-read it. And then re-read it again. I just couldn’t help it. Something struck me with this…
I’ve always known that I’m creative. To a certain extent. I mean, I have many creative talents. I enjoy doing creative things. Singing, music, photography, baking, drawing, painting… Seriously. I have lots of interests. But I’m not great at one. I’d like to think that music and singing is my first love. It’s what I’m the best at. But all the other things, I’m not great at them. And so, as much as I hate to admit it, when it gets a bit hard, or when the outcome isn’t what I wanted, I move on to something else.
And then I go through phases of just not doing anything. And I mean nothing. And here’s the trouble. I LOVE doing nothing. It’s probably what I’m best at. Call me lazy, I don’t care. But the best part of my day is when I lay in my bed and binge watch Netflix. (don’t you dare judge me) So when I slip into my lazy phase, it’s a bit hard to get out.
Enter Shauna and her kick-in-the-ass paragraph. DO SOMETHING. Do something creative everyday. Even if it’s not good. Even if you don’t feel like it. So that’s the challenge that I’ve made for myself. Or maybe, Shauna challenged me (I really need to get that book!) Do just one creative thing everyday. What does that look like?
Ha. Let’s see.
Music – Playing piano, playing guitar, singing, recording, writing. Even if it doesn’t sound good. Even if I suck. Just do it.
Photography – Shooting people, shooting inanimate objects, shooting food, editing. Practice makes perfect, right? Just do it.
Baking – Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, muffins. Following a recipe. Make it up on my own. Just do it.
Drawing/Painting – Lately I’ve been getting into Typography and calligraphy. Drawing pictures, writing in different fonts, painting different things. Just do it.
So to summarize? Just DO It. (Thanks Nike)
I’ve always struggled with what makes me happy. Well, how did I think I was going to figure that out unless I actually pursued different outlets? The only way that I can truly figure out what makes me happy, what gets me up in the morning, what drives to, just be me, is to do something.
So, I’m hoping that this blog will fall under something creative. I hope to do this more.
What was my creative thing today? Well, this. This writing. And it’s 1:27am. So I guess this counts for tomorrow. Dangit. Let’s see… I worked. I worked out. I took a bath. I read. I watched tv. Welp, first day was a fail. BUT tomorrow! Tomorrow. Something creative. Just one thing. Be creative. Just do it.