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Follow Your Creativity and Follow Your Heart

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Posted On: May 30, 2016

Follow Your Creativity and Follow Your Heart

Whether it is in work or your hobbies, it’s always important to follow your passion. Some may say that that is lousy career advice—what you are passionate about might not necessarily be what you can make a living doing. Well, it’s true that you need to be rational when it comes to career decisions, but that doesn’t mean that you need to give up what truly inspires you. It might be that you loved doing something creative once but work and the rest of life just got in the way and you have forgotten about how much you loved doing that thing. Let’s talk about how to rekindle that burning for creation and art.

Can you remember the moment when you were a child and suddenly it wasn’t as much fun to play with your toys anymore? If you do, it’s probably a melancholy memory for you. One day, you’re playing with your favorite dolls or action figures, and the next day you realize that pretending doesn’t have the same appeal it used to have for you. Possibly, you become conscious of the pretending that play requires and it just becomes too much work to continue to pretend. And while this is an important part of growing up (as sad as it might sound), it’s just possible that something very similar happens when you lose interest in something that you once loved for purely creative reasons. So how can you possibly rekindle that fire?

When you loved to play as a child, you probably really loved to play with other children. Creativity is no different—you need others to interact with to really enjoy the experience. So if you once loved to paint, go to an art gallery. If you used to write, pick up a book. The important thing is to absorb other people’s work and not just think about what makes it appealing to you, but the creative process behind it. If you read a great book that inspires you to get back into writing, don’t focus on the final product and whether you could create something like that. Instead, think about the time and effort and pages of rewrites that author did to come up with the final draft. So after you’re done refreshing your mind with new art and writing, find things that help you discover more about the creation of that art.

Now it’s time to get down to the business of creating art yourself. If you find that it’s impossible to find the time, your first creative project is to carve out some time in your schedule. Maybe you can find 20 minutes to free write in the early morning just by adjusting your alarm clock. Perhaps you can convince your better half to watch the kids for just 30 minutes each evening while you play the instrument you used to spend so much time playing. When you’re getting back into the routine, there’s no restrictions on what you create or how you create it, it’s just about creating, period.