Did you ever read a book and wish you’d written it? Have you walked through a gallery and wished you had a better eye and camera for your own photography exploits? Have you found yourself envying the singer with the beautiful voice or the musician with such mastery of his instrument that he engages thousands in a standout performance?
Did your wishful thinking discourage you and steal the happiness of enjoying the fruit of someone else’s labors?
In other words, did you find yourself lamenting instead of celebrating?
That’s happened to me. I envy hostesses with the gift of hospitality. I invite people over, but it’s a big ordeal and anxiety-inducing. I forget basic things that make people comfortable. I stress over food preparation which usually turns out anywhere from mediocre to decent.
I also envy news anchors and talk show hosts. I think the co-anchors of Good Morning America (and similar shows), despite having to get up daily at 3am, have the best jobs on the planet, with opportunities to travel, interview a variety of interesting people, experiment with show formats, work as a team. Talk show hosts meet a lot of fascinating people, and get to pick their brains, pull out their stories. They make their jobs look so easy, the way words just roll off their tongues in front of national TV.
Then there are dancers who chasse, glissade, jete, tap, tango, or boogie their way across Broadway stages in musicals like Wicked, Les Miserables, or Joseph and the Amazing Techni-color Dreamcoat. Their talent, coordination, stamina, and flexibility are breath-taking, while evoking emotions worthy of the art form it is.
For fun, I took ballet and tap dancing classes in college, tried ballroom dancing and mountain clogging in my twenties. But my dancing ability is akin to a toddler’s somersault next to an Olympian gymnast.
So over the years I’ve had to reign in envy and focus on the raw talents I do have, coupled with my passion. What do I really want to spend my time doing that lines up with my skill set? Which interests am I willing to put hours, even years, into developing?
Perhaps you’re asking yourself the same question.
I hope you’ve found this blog to be inspiring, uplifting, and celebratory—a celebration of creativity in all its various forms.
We’ve only just begun this Journey to Imagination together. There’s much more ahead. Before we proceed, I want to make sure you’re finding value on these pages. I’m here to serve you.
So I’m asking: In reading this blog, are you encouraged or disheartened?
Are you enjoying the creations of others and inspired to pursue your own interests? Are you ready to try something new? Are you seeing ways you can bring creativity into your daily life, whether at home or work?
Or are you overwhelmed by others’ successes, feeling inferior, and/or frustrated by your own lack of talent?
Three weeks after this blog launched, a subscriber-friend emailed that she wanted to meet with me. She told me how the blog had inspired her to finally start a writing project she’d had in mind for a long time, and wanted tips for proceeding.
I was thrilled! That’s exactly what I want this blog to do. Inspire people to take their next creative step.
Other people have written that various posts inspired them as well, causing them to consider their own next steps.
We all have creative potential. Unfortunately, we don’t all tap into it. In those cases, I believe it lies dormant, ready to be pushed, pulled, prodded, provoked, and propelled to the forefront.
Perhaps there are two kinds of people in the world—those who consider themselves creative and embrace it, and those who think they aren’t, but wish they were.
If you’re a fellow creative, I hope you’ve found kindred spirits here for additional inspiration, and that you can revel in their achievements.
If you still think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, I urge you to stick with me, even go back and read some of the previous posts.
Below, at the end of this list, I have a few questions for you.
If you’re still doubting your own innate creativity, go here:
Then try these activities:
I’ll be sharing more brainstorming exercises later.
If you want to try your hand at something artsy/crafty either with kids or on your own, go here:
If you want to encourage your kids’ or grandkids’ natural creativity, go here for suggestions on how to establish a nurturing environment:
If you need reminders about how growing in your art is a process, go here:
If you’re worried about trying and failing, or not being good enough, check this out:
If it’s comforting to hear about my own artistic flops, go here (more to come on this theme):
If you want to be inspired by the guests we’ve had, go here:
Over the next few months, I’ll be featuring Master Gardeners, a painter of nature, a board member of a non-profit that serves foster and adoptive families, a bluegrass musician/photographer, two engineers who serve as robotics mentors, a school administrator, a middle school teacher of history, literature, and creative innovations, and more. Oh—also my trip to “Mayberry”!
Who or what would you like to see featured on this blog? Is there any particular discussion you’d like to engage in? Or tell me how you’ve been encouraged.
I’d love to hear from you!