To the creators of life, Happy Mother’s Day
We all have an inherent desire to create. In some facet of our lives, we feel called to give part of ourselves in order to produce something new and form something that will continue to live on long after we’re gone. For women in particular, I believe this desire can be especially powerful. Our bodies were actually designed to create. As Mother’s Day draws near, this ability to produce the ultimate creation, a human life, has been on my mind.
I’ve long passed the age my mother was when she had me, the same age my grandmother was when she had my mom. I’ve watched many girls from my middle school, high school, and college days become mothers. And this month, my first close friend to have a baby will give birth. The reality is, motherhood could likely be a part of my life in the next several years.
I imagine motherhood to be an absolutely terrifying yet completely exhilarating experience. As I’ve watched my close friend in her pregnancy, she’s exuded a fantastic sense of peace and a calm confidence. It has made me realize that the body and mind’s innate response to pregnancy and motherhood may be much more powerful than I can fathom until I actually share in that experience myself.
As we head into Mother’s Day weekend and this topic of motherhood continues to hang in the back of my mind, I feel called to connect to that inner creator that’s deeply rooted within us all. It feels impossible for me to imagine producing the ultimate creation, the creation of another life, but for now, I can harness the spirit of that creator in the small things I create until then. This Mother’s Day, I encourage you to take time to connect with the creator in you and honor the creator who gave you life.
For the past five months, I’ve given you a variety of ways to make a habit of being creative – spending more time enjoying your natural surroundings, working with your hands, coloring, writing, and reading. When you take a moment to think about it, there’s no shortage of activities to get your creative juices flowing. What I’ve realized in taking my own creative challenges is that I’ve neglected the number one reason that inhibits us from accessing our creative selves: time. As a whole, we don’t make enough time for creativity.
Making time for creativity always seems to fall to the bottom of our never-ending to-do lists. I think it comes down to the age old battle between subjectivity and objectivity. Measurable tasks inevitably take top priority in our schedules: a project with a deadline, a launch that’s crucial to achieving a monthly goal, a deliverable owed to a client. Creative tasks are often more challenging to measure – with creativity there’s not necessarily an end goal or even end product. You’re rarely getting pressured or paid to be creative. Creativity doesn’t have a particular due date. You may be starting to wonder why should make time for creativity in the first place!
Indulging in your own creativity may be just that – a luxury, like ordering a decadent dessert. Maybe you just simply enjoy the times when you get to be creative, and you deserve to make time for the things you enjoy! On the other hand, getting creative can be more than a leisure activity. Creativity can be an asset to your livelihood, your relationships, and your life. Opening your mind to creative thinking can help you to solve problems and spark ideas, and it allows you to open yourself to new possibilities. Earlier in this series, I discussed how judgement is the enemy of creativity, and judgement goes hand in hand with the objective tasks that rule our lives. We are constantly critiqued, and making time to tap into creativity allows us a reprieve from judgement by others and, more importantly, ourselves.
Before we embark on another Creative Habit Challenge, we need to vow to ourselves and to each other to make time for creativity each month this year. Will you close out each month with a creative ritual? Will you set aside a Saturday just for creativity? I want you to share how you’re going to make time for creativity – head to Twitter or open your Instagram app, use the hashtag #AOCBlogCreativeHabit or #MakeTimeforCreativity, feel free to share the graphic featured in this post, and tell me how you’re going to make time for creativity each month in 2016!