The last two posts from my sister were about her sleeping creativity.
I read them, and breathed a sigh of relief.
It wasn’t only me!
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How much of the worry and anxiety we face in life would be alleviated by realising that another, if not ALOT of others were going through exactly the same, or similar emotions as we were. Today I listened to two girlfriends talking about fear, and during the conversation they realised that they were both experiencing the same emotions, on the same topic. Although neither actually “sorted out” the issue for the other, I noticed that both were visibly lightened after the realisation.
So having avoided my poor blog for the last week, I sat down feeling empty and thought I would attempt another ‘I have nothing much to offer you right now’ posts…and I was greeted with two posts on the same problem as mine!
I no longer feel exhausted.
I no longer feel empty. I have spent the past couple of weeks painfully sketching in a visual diary, but apart from that feeling as though my creativity had fled me….NEVER to return. (I’m such a drama queen!)
Now I feel as though I still may not have huge inspiration or offer as much as I would like, but it will come back.
I found a couple of quotes that make me feel more assured;
“I haven’t a clue as to how my story will end. But that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars” – Nancy Willard
”You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” — Rabindranath Tagore.
Now. Stop panicking. Stop catastrophizing. Stop eating that giant bar of chocolate and reach for some paper.
Write these words — slowly.
- I am still creative
- I still have the ability to create
- I will create again
Put them in front of you. Read them. Read them until you feel them.
Read them out loud. Keep repeating the words until you feel the conviction.
Do this every day when you feel stifled, or you feel your creativity has fled you.
Remember these three things, repeat them until you feel them, and you will start to relax. The more you relax, the sooner your creativity and inspiration will return.
And in the meantime…JUST DO IT. (As I, AND Adidas said!) It doesn’t have to be good, or even interesting.
Keep DOING…it really matters not what you do, as long as you do something!
Now go forth and capture, or draw, or cut, or paint, or play, or dance or sew…