So a little while ago, I posted this status on my Facebook page:
“It’s one of those days where I felt like all I did was clean the kitchen.
Except for the break I took to put laundry away.”
It’s not exactly true. I homeschooled one daughter and took the other to and from school. I also made dinner, cleaned up the living room and did a few other small tasks. In other words, I lived my life today. And, as it often happens, there were no grand expanses of time to pursue all the creative things I’d like to do every single day. The great thing is, I don’t really need to have tons of time, just consistent time. So for example, I worked in belting out a few songs while I loaded the dishwasher (and unloaded it and loaded it again). The singing doesn’t really meet any specific creative goals I have at the moment, but it sure does make me feel better and more likely to work on other things. I played through a couple of songs on my guitar while my youngest brushed her teeth and got ready for bed. And now, while she falls asleep, I’m sitting in her room typing this. After she’s asleep, between a few other household chores I have to complete tonight, I’ll finish up some edits for some freelance work I do.
It’s not a perfect life where I get to use up every ounce of creative spirit I have every day, but it is a life often infused with creativity and I’ll take it.
I work with a lot of writers – many of whom have avoided writing for a long time before they find me. The first thing I tell them is that I don’t expect them to write for hours at a time. They are often both relieved and horrified at the same time when I say that. I get it – I would love to have a life where all I was expected to do was sit and be creative and brilliant for hours at a time. But most of us don’t have that luxury and thankfully, most of us don’t need it. Seriously, if you have some kind of creative pursuit whether it’s writing, or learning a musical instrument or photography or anything really, commit to working at it for just 15 minutes a day for the next week. I bet you’ll be shocked at how much you can get done in those few minutes of focused creativity.
So until the day I win the lottery, most of my time is spoken for with everyday sorts of responsibilities. In other words, I’m pretty normal. It can be challenging to make space for the creative when it’s so easy to let it slip away. But for me, it’s become a priority in small increments because it makes the other, more mundane things in life so much more enjoyable.
This is Day 4 of the 30-day National Blog Posting Month Challenge. I’m posting every day of the week throughout the month of November.