I recently had a customer come into the store who brought up the topic of staying creative into adulthood. Now I know this is something I clearly have a bias on, but my years being a creative professional has truly shown me how much creativity does for the brain. And life. And happiness. Just trust me for a second (or a few while you read this).
This particular woman worked it the medical field and loved being able to use the other side of her brain through creative activity. She would make sure to take time to paint, draw, or make a scarf. These little additions to your life do more than you think- they strengthen connections in your brain you don’t get elsewhere. They help you see the world. They help you process information. They help you destress. (If this isn’t enough to convince you, read more about the benefits of creativity in a previous post).
These little creative bursts are something we all need- even, no ESPECIALLY, if you work in a more analytical work setting. Now, you may be saying… “But I can’t paint.” or “I’m not creative”. Well thats a bunch of bull. Painting, drawing, sculpting- anything creative, can be learned, or re-learned to be more exact. This concept seems to be unknown to most, as creativity is often understood to be an innate talent found at birth. Well, it’s not. It is found through hours and hours of making, of CREATING. You just have to remind your brain where to start.
Now before you start talking about how bad your memory is, just remember we encourage our children to imagine, to play, to DREAM… don’t let the fear of adulting squash that. Take that step and give your brain back it’s creative juice. Let your mind wander to those hidden areas that have been long forgotten. Because, the point is that they are still there.