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You may not think of yourself as a creative person. Grade school water colors may be the last time you picked up a paint brush - other than when you painted the bedroom.
You might be lucky to call yourself creative when you match the towels hanging in your bathroom. Is it really a big deal if you are not creative? It can be.
Creativity does not mean you have to paint like Monet or write like Charles Dickens. Creativity shows itself in many ways. The arrangement of family photographs hung on the living room wall or the elaborately laid out dining room table at Christmas time could all be examples of creativity at work. Creativity can be anything in which you express yourself and which creates happiness for you.
Lives which are lacking creativity share common characteristics. A lack of creativity in your life may leave you feeling as though you are stuck or unappreciated. If everything feels same old-same old, it probably is. While it is not unusual for everyone to go through periods like this, it can be problematic if it drags on.
Not using your creativity to perk up everyday things in your life can leave Jack a pretty dull boy. Creativity is after all a form of play, a release. Whether you like to garden, cook gourmet meals or photograph landscapes and sunsets, those activities add spice to your life. They give it meaning and purpose.
To deprive yourself of these activities, many of them simple, is to deny yourself joy. Constant monotony in your life can lead to listlessness, depression, even health issues.
Find an activity or two that you think you would enjoy and throw yourself into them. Challenge yourself to give your living room a makeover for less than $50. Pledge to read 10 books in three months. Teach yourself to cook Italian fare like an old Italian woman. Grab your camera and take random pictures on your walk.
Once you pick up the gauntlet and dare yourself, you will be surprised at the other opportunities that present themselves. Conquering one new skill will lead to a desire to conquer others. Your creativity will emerge and you will find yourself looking for more opportunities to grow as a human being. Your outlook and demeanor will be happier, too. We are born creators, we must create in order to feel alive.
Take a chance on yourself. Let your creativity show you what you can do. Let it show you how to put the joy in your life and you will wonder how you ever thought that you were not creative.
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