I wasn’t sure I was going to post this or not. It was kind of a failed experiment to my eyes.
I have always had this active imagination and I can see how I want something to turn out in my head, but often the reality ends up being a little different. For many years this actually stopped me from pursuing my creative interests. The frustration I would feel when my end product looked nothing like the incredible vision I had in my head, prevented me from enjoying much in the world of art and creativity.
But I am working hard at growing past such limiting thinking. I am realising that I have lost a great many opportunities to enjoy the process of creating, even if the end result isn’t as spectacular as I had hoped. Actually… probably more so. For every time that things haven’t quite gone to plan.. so long as I don’t give up in those moments, I am given the great gift of being able to learn from the experience.
I had an idea to photograph my sons guitar. In my head it looked awesome.. I mean it’s a les Paul… it’s a very sexy guitar. The end result is nothing like what I had hoped for. But that’s cool. I had fun. I learned some things. Next time, I will do things a little differently. The important thing was the experience… the enjoyment… the thrill of the chase… The really important thing for me, was the fact that I tried. When once upon a not-so-long-ago… I wouldn’t have even done that. I would have assumed that it was too hard, or that I wasn’t good enough, or talented enough, or smart enough to figure out how to do it.
I think a lot of us assume that we aren’t creative, just because we don’t paint like Van Gough or play guitar like Carlos Santana. I used to believe that if I wasn’t going to be the best at something, then there wasn’t any point in doing it. I was wrong. Expressing yourself though creativity, in whatever form takes your fancy, is probably one of the most important things you can do. We are creative beings.. made to do just that. We create with every thought, with every action, with every deed.
It is just a matter of whether we want to be deliberately creative… or create on auto-pilot, from habit, from fear.
I know which one I know choose.