If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been feeling a bit low over the last few days, which is why things have been a little quiet around here. If you know what I’m describing, then you’ll understand exactly what I mean when I say I didn’t feel like doing anything. Everything from walking the dog to showering felt like the most arduous of tasks. My dermatillomania flared up again, so my face was left looking and feeling irritated, and all in all, I felt terrible. As I said on Instagram, when you’re in that place, the things you least want to do are the things you need to do most, and sadly, nobody else can make you do them. It has to come from you. However, putting pressure on yourself doesn’t help anything, so low moments are a great time to indulge in the things that you otherwise wouldn’t. For example, how often do you make time to bake a cake? To read a book? Or to get creative for no reason at all? Let’s talk about that.
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IS THERE VALUE IN CREATIVITY?
In our society, we glorify busy. Time spent enjoying yourself seems like a waste of time which could be used to produce something. Particularly as bloggers and vloggers, we’re always thinking of the next thing. “Should I film this?” and “could I write a post about this?” regularly intrude upon my thoughts, to the extent that I often plan my time around my content. However, this means that I rarely practise my creative endeavours outside of a work situation, and I suppose this is the problem when a hobby becomes a source of income. Photography, videography, music and writing have become necessities rather than pleasures to some extent. Though I still love all of them, forcing my music, for example, has led to a point where I haven’t uploaded a music video in almost two months, and that is devastating to me. This week was the breaking point. After trying and failing to create videos day after day, I was at rock bottom. So I put away the camera, I closed my laptop, and I went outside with a sketchbook, a cheap pack of acrylic paints and a cup of tea. I painted in the sunshine uninterrupted for over an hour, and by the time I went inside, I felt like a different person. I learnt something which I had forgotten somewhere along the way, namely that there is so much value in practising creativity without a purpose. It was enlightening for me, so I wanted to share that experience with you today. Here are 3 reasons to be creative for no reason at all.
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TO HONE YOUR CRAFT
TO PRACTISE MINDFULNESS
TO REDISCOVER WHY YOU STARTED
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Do you ever practise creativity for no reason at all? What have you learnt from it?