It’s interesting that this post is late getting posted, especially given the topic of creativity. See, I have a very creative approach to life. And like many creative-types, especially those of us who are both creative and gifted (two things that very frequently go hand-in-hand), my intensities have a way of running amok when I have not taken the time to nourish my creativity.
What do I mean by that?
Well, as a creative soul, there are certain things that I need: Periodic solitude, a respite from the day-to-day stressors so that I can renew; opportunities to feed my creativity including “play time”, trips into nature, and pursuing my many interests; daily clearing of my thoughts in some way; opportunities for daily reflection, and creative outlets. If I deny myself any of these activities, either because life has gotten too busy or because I’ve rationalized that I don’t really need these things, I find myself becoming agitated, frustrated and even more intense (if that is possible). This then leads to a decrease in the things I need to creatively renew, and so on and so forth, until I find myself creatively bankrupt.
And trust me – that is no place anyone wants to be!
It has taken me a long time to realize that as a creative soul I need to above mentioned things as part of my regular healthy habits, just like I need food and sleep (which, incidentally, also suffers when those creative needs go wanting). But, as someone who has suffered creative burnout in the past, I am coming to terms with the fact that I need to honor this aspect of myself and nourish my creative soul.
What about you? Do you honor yours?