I am a firm believer that we are each given a certain amount of creative juices when we were born, but we go through life all bottled up. Our creative energy never gets a chance to flow through us to inspire others and to make the world a better place. Creative therapy changes our very being because it exposes us to avenues we never knew existed and helps us grow as an individual into what we were meant to be.
In talking with hundreds of people I’ve heard the gamut of answers to my one simple question: “What is your creative outlet?” Here are some of the answers I’ve received:
- “I don’t have a creative bone in my body!”
- “I wasn’t meant to do creative things!”
- “What if I create something that doesn’t turn out right?”
- “I used to be creative when I was younger!” (my 10-year old tutoring student)
- “What if people laugh at my creativity?”
- “Me and creative don’t belong in the same sentence.”
When I dug deeper to find out what these individuals do for a living and what their hobbies are, I found that most of them do some form of creative therapy but they didn’t perceive it as creative. Creative therapy could be used by people when they’re stressed. So I needed to change my question. Instead I asked, “When dealing with stress what do you that is constructive?” Before I asked people this question, I remembered my mom used to bake when she was stressed. We always had a constant supply of bread, pies, cakes, cookies, and every other baked goody you can think of. My own husband will work on making videos and power points. For myself, I turn my attention to junk and paper garbage. Hence the reason I haven’t been around the blogging world lately.
Here’s a list of some of the answers I received:
- Work on puzzles
- Chop wood
- Make greeting cards
- Build snow people and snow furniture
- Organize living space
- Play games
I found it interesting that when I changed the question around to doing something constructive instead of using the word creative people were more apt to answer without feeling scared. It makes me wonder how many times we’ve tried using our creative juices only to be told that we aren’t creative. Or our interpretation of creativity isn’t up to the standards of who, the intimidating person. When it comes to creativity there are no rules to follow. If we draw from our hearts our creativity soars. I asked my 10-year old tutoring student what he did creatively when he was younger and why he stopped.
“I used to build things with Legos and clay, but my parents kept telling me I was making a mess. So, I stopped building.”
As parents we need to nurture this sense of creativity in our children. Whatever our children’s interests we need to encourage them instead of stifling their creativity. We need to find ways to bring their creativity to the surface, which means we need to expose our children to different avenues of creative genius.
Bottling up our creativity bottles us up. Until one day when we least expect it, we pick up a pencil or a paint brush and create the masterpiece of our life. Creative therapy unleashes who we are and allows us to be who we were meant to be all along.