Re-creating Myself

(Crocheted and shrink art jewelry by me.)

One of the best things I've discovered, or re-discovered, since having children is my own creativity. I spent so many years working to be "professional" in my field, to be taken seriously as an "adult", and making "work" out of being the best parent I could be. I'm only recently coming to realize that to be my best at any of these things requires me to honor and accept all parts of myself. That especially includes the parts of myself that I tucked away in order to be more "mature" and adult.

The part of me that LOVES arts and crafts, and enjoys appreciating others art and creativity, is making a strong resurgence. This is what brought me joy when I was younger, and it is no less joyful now! Thanks to all the wonderful resources at my fingertips (via the computer), I am able to nurture this part of me and be inspired by countless others. It feels like a whole new world has opened up to me. But in reality, it is re-visiting of a part of myself that has been fallow for some time. Now, I am definitely enjoying the harvest, and looking to further cultivate my joy in creating.

Today's Daily Om spoke so eloquently about this that I wanted to share it. Here's an excerpt:

In certain times and places, developing a creative ability was considered an important part of being a well-rounded human being. It was not necessary to be a professional or a masterly genius, because the act of creativity was valued in and of itself. It gifts are manifold—from the sheer pleasure of allowing our imaginations free reign to sharing and enjoying the fruits of our labor. Children share drawings and songs freely, without self-consciousness, and there is no reason why we cannot do the same thing. (Read the entire piece here.)

This has been so true for me! Why not see if there's a part of you longing to create? You can find instructions for just about anything right here on the Internet. ;) Try something new and you might find something old and familiar inside that's been dieing to get out. Let me know about it too. I'd love to hear about it!


Christy said...

Rediscovering my creative side has been one of the best things about unschooling. I've found what I like and don't like to do. Although I'll admit I still feel a little guilt? if what I create isn't something useful like clothes.

Deanne said...

If what you create brings joy to you and/or others, I'd say that's pretty "useful", right? ;) My son is bringing that sock monkey with him everywhere since I gave it to him. If I had know how much he would love it, I would have made one long ago! It's brought much more happiness to both our lives than the tablecloth I made (although that makes me happy too). LOL

Have fun with making your sock monkey. I can't wait to see it! :)

Mrs. G. said...

To me, one of the best parts of parenting is the opportunity to be a kid all over again...to rediscover the joy of color, texture and messiness.

Deanne said...

Mrs. G: Yes, I admit that DH and I are often as excited (or more) than our kids to play. ;)