Get Creative

Posted on October 26, 2009

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Go On Creating

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating.” – Henry Bergson

You might be the least artistic person on the planet, but don’t let that stop you from at least trying to create something. Whether you are interested in music, traditional art, film, photography, or cooking, at least dabble in it yourself!

If you enjoy looking at traditional art, then keep a stash of craft materials like crayons, paints, oil pastels, paper, glue, and scissors for yourself. Once you start creating, begin to hold onto recyclables like cardboard rolls, boxes, and plastic containers for building things. Just dabble in it a little here and a little there.

If you enjoy listening to music, then get an instrument. You don’t have to go for the common instruments such as the guitar or piano, but for any instrument that strikes your fancy. The instrument you care to learn to play, doesn’t have to be new; it might be handed down from a friend or relative, or found at a local yard sale. Just get something, learn the basics, and begin creating.

If you enjoy watching films and looking at beautiful photography, then get a camera. An inexpensive digital camera will do perfectly well for your venture into the world of the visual arts. Most digital cameras have the ability to take video as well as pictures, so you can easily mess around a bit with both mediums. Snap pictures of anything that strikes your fancy, it’s not like you’re getting paid to take these pictures anyways. Just have fun with it.

If you enjoy trying new foods, or just eating anything real, then cook for yourself every now and again. It doesn’t have to be anything too adventurous or big, but something small will do. I recently have began grilling about once a week. I just throw whatever will fit on the grill without falling through the grates. Pineapple, Bell Peppers, Breadsticks, etc. You would be pleasantly surprised out how well, yet different, the flames of a grill will change the taste of your most common foods. Not long ago I even threw a pizza on the grill, best pizza I’ve had in a while. Just try doing something different, you don’t always have to follow a recipe to make something great.

I tell you to do these things, not only because it is part of moving forward, but because it’s a great source of personal motivation. You’re not a professional artist, musician, film maker, or chef, so you don’t have to worry about the critics or creating the next best thing, you just have to worry about doing something with your time for yourself, and not others. Being creative, is all about you and what you wish to express. I promise you that, if you just dabble, you will be surprised at what talents you may find and what you can create. Our brains are a muscle, and we all have a right-side to our brain; like any other muscle, we just have to exercise it, and it will grow stronger.

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