Piecing together a creative life

13 01 2013

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I’ve always known that my life would be a tapestry, as Carole King sings. Once I thought I might like to be a doctor, but I knew that focused a life was not for me. I want diversity in my life, a muddle of alternate activities, a variety of sources of joy.
For a while there, I called myself a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ – because I try things for awhile until I know how to do them, then move on to another challenge.
But I think there’s another way to look at this. I’m managing to piece together not only a life filled with new learning (which I learned today can alter your nerve synapses throughout your life), but I’m also doing research for writing.
I’ve never been the kind of gal who can just slice open a vein and pour the writing out, not without filling myself up first.
So I play some ukulele, do some rug hooking, walk on the beach, swim my laps, take courses.
And then my creative mind is full to bursting and I can let it out. And I find that while I am doing all these other things, my inner self has straightened out plot points or sorted out my thoughts. It’s magic!!
So, my suggestion to anyone feeling blocked out there is to patch together a creative life of your own. Do something physical, large motor – or mindless and repetitive so your inner wheels can spin.
Life is so rich and full of creation. Wallow in it.

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14 01 2013
shewrite63

Good suggestions. Julia Cameron offers a similar approach in The Artist’s Way. It’s called an artist’s date.

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