Passing it On

A few days ago I added a DIY tab to the blog.  After clicking on that link you will be assured that this is not a mark of original ideas or talent, only a desire to be creative and hopefully a place that will encourage others to do the same.

As a child, teenager and college student I was told that all of us are artists in the few, but various art classes I took .  Some were required such as the art appreciation course at the liberal arts college or the art class I needed for my education degree.  I didn’t and still do not believe that.   There are those with amazing talent in many mediums  – paint, pencil, photography and sculpture to name a few.   Artists translate emotions, moments, thoughts and ideas with tools on to their canvas of their choosing.  Their translation becomes for onlookers an affirmation of what they hold in their heart or mind, a question to ponder or, something they will (hopefully only metaphorically) spit at in anger or disagreement.

I am not an artist but I do enjoy being creative and strongly believe that our homes should be a safe place to take risks in this realm.  Putting a nail in a wall should not evoke more fear than say getting in a car to run to the store.  If I don’t like it, I’ll move it, hang something over it or fix it.  Eventually.

I have discovered that thrift shops are great places to find that piece waiting to be upcycled.  I have also stumbled across the power of spray paint. I have discovered the freedom that comes In allowing our homes to be a canvas.  I have discovered that it also inspires our children to take risks.

This is my home.  Our home is and should be a safe place to take risks.  I start small and then decide to think about something bigger.  Some projects turn out and others do not.  I get discouraged but also enjoy the successes.

As I learn to appreciate the need to be creative and not strive for perfection,  I also see how creativity works differently for so many people.  Some people are creative in finding solutions to problems – in businesses, schools or the organizational challenges of running a home.   Some are amazing in the kitchen, with a simple taste can name what ingredient will transform it unafraid to throw caution (i.e. the recipe) to the wind.

Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious.  Pass it on.”  I’ve found this to be true.  The hardest part is giving myself permission to take a risk and to fail – because that is part of it.  The more I do so, the more I see my home as nest that needs my unique style of feathering.  In doing so, I also find that I am developing a greater appreciation of the strengths and talents of others. And their willingness to give step-by-step how to tutorials. Yeah!

Perfectionism is the nemesis of creativity.  I say, conquer by creating.  Start small.  Paint something.  Take your camera with you on a walk. Collage something.  Plant something.  Bake something and add that ingredient you think it has been missing.

Give yourself permission to take a risk, you will thank yourself later.