Creativity in Daily Life
In the last week, my “unnecessary” creative efforts as part of 30 Days of Creativity have been small: doodles, sketches, paragraphs, jokes, and improvisations. Nothing worth sharing.
What is worth sharing is a shift in my awareness. My subconscious has been seeking out what might count as the “something” in “make something every day.” As a result, I have been noticing small moments of creativity throughout my day. I have noticed many ways I am creative in my life that I generally ignore or discount.
In small ways, I try to make beauty in my house: gardening, cleaning, playing music, laying an attractive table. I also use my creativity as I make plans and decisions: like summer vacation schedules and plans for how to get children to willingly do mundane tasks.
But, I also generate many things that did not previously exist. In the past week, I have made:
- meals – lots of them, including several new-to-me recipes, several recipes I invented, and several recipes I modified;
- lesson plans and custom worksheets;
- alterations – to make clothes fit, both for costumes and for general life;
- repairs – of damaged toys and books; and
- jokes, games, and stories to entertain my kids.
By changing my awareness to include a broad range of “creativity” rather than focusing solely on the artistic products of my endeavours, I have noticed that my life is infused with creativity. It isn’t that I am being more creative. I am simply seeing the creativity that is so natural to me that it escapes my awareness most of the time.
Are you more creative than you notice?