Last week's post was about desires. One of my desires related to this week's topic: Creativity. The only problem is that given that I am a SAHM to 3 kids under 2, I have very little time to fulfill my creative desires. Since we are down to only one income, lack of free funds also limits my creativity since I am unable to try out al the new creative ideas that are out there.
When I think about my life, I think that I have always been a creative person. My favorite Christmas gift as a child was the large box of craft supplies that my grandparents would get us each year. I loved learning to sew, knit, and crochet from my grandmother. I loved going through her scrap yarn and material. I loved playing in my dad's woodshop. I loved doing ceramics with my mom. Then I became a teenager and dropped all the craft things that I loved for friend and school. The one creative thing that I did keep was music. I remained active in the school's music dept and was able to enjoy it, but when I look back, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed my other creative endeavors. Once I graduated from college and started working, I started to pick up being creative again and loved trying out new creative ventures.
I recently have had a very busy 3 years. I now don't have the time and even the energy to be as creative as I would like. Thankfully, I am able to be creative because I want to create things for my 3 kids. I was able to make them simple Christening outfits and need to start on their Halloween costumes. As much as I am grateful that I am being creative, I wish that I was able to create for the fun, but not just for the end product.
My wish/goal is to find time everyday to be creative. It doesn't have to be a grand activity, actually it can be something small as long as it fulfills that creative part of me. I believe the act of being creative vs the end product of creativity is what is important. As a social worker, I believe that creativity is an important way to feed the body, mind, and soul and someday I'll find a way to combine the 2.