Over the years, as I’ve gotten older, I have come to recognize that my personal creativity is similar to that of the tide.
During my younger years, I often found the ebb and flow of my creative energy frustrating and unpredictable. I would be filled with passion and excitement about a particular creative pursuit, only to get partially through it and find my energy and desire waning. I dabbled in so many different creative mediums: sewing, painting, beading, knitting, crochet, card making, scrapbooking, floral design, pottery. You name it for a craft, I have probably tried it. I enjoyed all of these mediums and even became quite proficient with some of them. I collected a wide assortment of craft supplies and even had my own room to house my ever-growing stash. Throughout all of my searching and trying and experimenting, however, my creative energy still seemed to have a rhythm of its own.
It was after much reflection that I finally accepted the undeniable fact that my creativity moves like the lunar tide. It wasn’t the mode of creativity that had been frustrating me all these years, it was the ebb and flow, the tidal waves of my creative energy that I just never fully understood and embraced.
With this new-found wisdom, I can now approach my creativity venues differently, with more love, grace and patience. Over the years, I have narrowed down my creative crafts to a few select few: knitting, spinning and beading. I can now recognize when the creative tide is on it’s way out – I lose the interest to carry my knitting with me everywhere and I enjoy watching TV without the eed to keep my hands busy getting a few extra rows in. In the pst, this would have bothered me. Now, being more mindful of my rhythm, I happily accept that the tide is going out and I am able to look forward to the next wave of energy to wash in. I now trust in myself that there will always be a high tide once again. And I give myself permission to relish in the ebb and flow of the creative waves that makes up my life. And that is okay.
I would love to hear about how other people handle the rise and fall of creative energy in their lives. Please leave a comment below or on one of the social media platforms I participate in.