It’s not okay to create…
At least, it seems that way sometimes.
When I am washing the dishes, my son plays quietly in his playpen. When I am folding and washing tons of clothes, all is well. The universe conspires to give me the space and freedom to cook, clean, and tend to the house – no questions asked, but the minute I go to sit down and write, paint, or dig into the pieces of one of my juicy dreams, everything goes wrong.
My child clings to me for dear life, the phone rings, dings, and buzzes, the door bell rings, stuff falls in the kitchen, etc – you get the point.
So what is it?
Why is it, that the moment we go to focus our time and attention on our art, something goes wrong or distracts us?
Is it not okay to be creative?
Is it not okay to spend your time wondering what next piece of art you are going to bring to life?
Is the universe conspiring against the idea of filling our lives with pleasurable experiences?
The answer is no, but there is someone conspiring against your creativity, and that someone is YOU.
Your thoughts and beliefs are what’s conspiring against you.
You see, we all have ideas about what we can do and what we can’t do – what is allowed and what’s not allowed – what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate.
We also carry around this huge sense of responsibility, so when we go to steal a few minutes to lose ourselves in our art or indulge in our passion, the warning bell inside goes off and screams “defiance”.
So what do you do?
It’s damn there impossible to abandon your craft. It will bang on the doors of your heart and mind until you let it in…
So do you sell your children, take your savings, and catch the first flight out of here to a private island?
Nope… don’t go that far.
But what you can do is – create anyway!
Leave the dishes aside, place your child in a loved one’s care, turn off your phone, and create!
I know that it’s difficult, but when you choose to create anyway, you are letting your inner world know that creativity is an essential part of your being, and that its existence in your world is not up for discussion.
By constantly reminding yourself of this and easing up on yourself when you allow yourself these creative breaks, you start to see the world around you work with you to help you get more time to yourself.
But you have to ease up on yourself first. You have to stop feeling so guilty for leaving some things aside to honor your passion and your soul.
It’s an essential part of being happy and enjoying your life.
Just think about it – you start to feel miserable when you deny yourself the time and space to do what you love – don’t you?
Thanks for reading!