Creativity plays an important role in life. As children creative thinking fills many of the gaps in cognition during development. Most everything seems magical and mysterious. As we age we learn more and more about the limits and expectations of our culture. For most of us, our imagination begins to fade and in its place, pragmatics.
Living within the perimeters of society comes with great reward in terms of social acceptance and lack of questioning from others. Flying under the radar is safe. No one challenges those who go unnoticed. No one focuses on normal. Normal moves along without interruption. If all you do is wait for the gate to open and move through the maze as quickly as possible to find the cheese, well then, cheese is what you get every time.
Side of that fear? The other side of fear is typically something you want. Fear is what keeps us in the maze seeking only the cheese. Fear is only an illusion. Once we face our fears they evolve into what we thought we could not posses, like joy or abundance.
Why not allow yourself to do something creative, even if it feels like a waste of time at first. Paint something, dance in your living room, sing a song a cappella, write a poem or maybe bring back a long lost artistic endeavor. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, if you have stifled your creative energy it will take some time to unclog the pipes. Be vulnerable with it. If you notice criticism, allow it to pass. Analytic thought and creativity live in different hemispheres of the brain. Stay with the flow of your inspired expression. Just allow what ever comes to be. You will enjoy yourself.
Bridgette DeBoer M.A., is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, marriage and family therapist. She can be reached at 450-6632.