Plug in to Your Creative Outlet
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Over the last few days my best friend and I have been discussing creative outlets. She works in the health care field where her talents for film, theater, and photography do not get to be utilized. My day job of a management consultant limits my creativity to the Power Point presentations that I get to put together. However, that just does not really charge either one of us.
I consider creativity to be a mental and spiritual punching bag. At a previous job my coworkers and I would joke around about how great it would be to have a punching bag in the office. That way every time we got frustrated with the way things were going we could use the punching bag as a release for the extra energy we were feeling. This became such a running joke that I finally went out when day and bought a kid's punching bag. It was one of those inflatable bags that had the sand in the bottom so when you punched it, the bag would return to a standing position. As it turned out the punching bag was a huge hit. The bag because a way for people to have an outlet.
Creativity works in the same way typically because we are passionate about the creative medium we are using. It does not matter if it is painting, singing, acting, etc. All those pursuits are a way for people to loose themselves in the creative process and have an outlet for whatever is going on in their life and around them. In some cases creativity is an outlet for anger and frustration. In other cases it is an outlet for happiness and positivity.
My blog has become a huge creative outlet for me. Even when I am not sitting down at the computer to type a blog post, my mind is always thinking of topics for a post or ideas that would be interesting to explore. As a result I have noticed that I do not feel drained from my job the way that I used to. I do not get so upset when things go wrong or do not go the way I had hoped. I believe this to be because all of my energy is not spent on my job. I am able to utilize other sources to fuel my energy and passion.
Both my friend and I love what we do for a job. We have just started to realize that there are other facets of our lives that have been neglected and like a good gardener we need to tend to them. Creativity is becoming a lost art. Our days are so jam packed with running from this activity to that or from this meeting to the next that we are not taking the time to recharge or finding a way to release.
What do you consider you creative outlet? Leave a comment below. Maybe what you post will inspire others to find their creative outlet in a place they never thought to look.
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