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Do you ever feel that you’re trudging from one day to the next, locked in an inescapable routine that you seem completely unable to break? Wake up, breakfast, shower, work, lunch, come home, cook dinner, eat dinner, watch TV, sleep, repeat. If this accurately reflects your each and every day it could be that you’re letting your sense of self-erode day by day little by little. If you feel like you’re losing yourself it can be difficult to find a way to get the “you” that you want to be back. Unfortunately, modern living can have that effect on people. They can stop becoming individuals and start becoming worker drones. In some cases, it can take a real shock to the system like a personal tragedy or that rare moment of clarity to get some perspective.
One of the best ways to re-engage with yourself is by doing something creative. When we’re children we make sense of the world around us through creative means. We act out what we see grown-ups doing, we draw pictures of the world as we see it. Creativity is the furnace through which we forge our personalities. If you feel increasingly like you’re losing touch with who you are, re-engaging with your creative side can be the best way to reignite that furnace.
But I’m not creative!
There’s an unfortunate misconception that there’s such a thing as a creative “type”. The world is not divided between creative people and everyone else. The truth is that everyone is creative. If you don’t agree it’s entirely possible that you just haven’t found the right outlet. Fortunately, whatever your budget or your work and family commitments, you can (and should) find out what that outlet is.
Reconnect with an old talent… or find a new one
Reconnecting with a talent you had in your youth is a great way to reaffirm your sense of self while also helping you to feel young. Creativity awakens parts of your brain that may have been long dormant especially if your job is repetitive in nature. The process of solving a problem using creative thought creates a tremendous sense of reward and while it may have been a long time since you felt this very particular gratification but when it happens you’ll feel the years melt away. If you’ve never been creative in your younger years, that’s okay. It’s never too late to find a new outlet. Join an art or dance class or a local amateur dramatics society. Take up a musical instrument or share that beautiful shower singing voice with the world.
Monetize your gift
Who knows, your talent could one day become quite lucrative either as a side hustle or even as a full-time career. Whatever creative pursuit brings you pleasure, there’s a way to make money from it in the digital age. Whether you record your very own album and publish it through Nationwide Disc or sell your art on Etsy there are numerous ways to make money doing something you love. Even your personal blog can be monetized with a little know-how.
Whoever you are and whatever you do, you owe it to yourself to share your creative gift with the world.
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