I love this Alan Alda quote begging us to live more creatively:
“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. ”
When you think what thrills you or what makes you leap out of bed in the morning, when you take a closer look it’s likely that it is something that flexes your creativity, perhaps not in the classic artistic way but you feel like you have invested yourself into something that can be classified as YOUR creation.
Modern life has robbed us of many of the creative endevours we once took for granted. Just a generation or two ago people would go to work, spend time with loved ones and as a natural course of life engage in “acts of creation” such as gardening, DIY, cooking, sewing, baking, cutting the kids hair, pottery making, embroidery, home decoration, woodwork and so on. Now our busy schedules have resulted in us “outsourcing” many of these activities to gardeners, maids, contractors and other specialists. Perhaps some of this work is dull or beneath us, but the pay-off is a sense of immediate fullfillment, not something most people can attribute to their esteemed knowledge worker jobs.
There is nothing more satisfying than pouring your knowledge, skill and creativity into decorating a room at home, trying out a new recipe or repairing an old chair. I urge you to give it a try. Take a look at some of my amateur creations. An Upholstered bench: All that was required was a staple gun and some heavy duty fabric