Sounds a bit dramatic, but sometimes it's good to stop in our tracks and acknowledge that life is passing by just too quickly. We all know of someone who has been given the awful news of a life threatening illness. At that very moment we all do a quick life audit. We vow that we are now going to slow down, spend more time with family or take up that hobby we've always wanted to do, like learning to paint.
Then life gets in the way again, we get busy and another year goes by and we're still haven't made a start. So what's stopping you?
Motivation? We get so busy we forgot just how exhilarating it is to be creative and learn something new? Remembering how it makes you come alive, inspires others around you and builds communities is buried beneath the humdrum of everyday life. As we get older, many of us seem to forget that we have this creative ability within us. The focus of our lives changes as we put other people first and we are conditioned to be constantly busy doing tasks that have a purpose...cooking, cleaning, making money and taking care of everyone else.
Perfectionism? Yes, getting good at doing something is a goal to aim for, but to perfect something you first need to create it, and to create it you need to take those first steps. Creativity was part of our every day lives as children, drawing, painting, and playing music, we didn't care whether it was great or not, we just absorbed ourselves in the enjoyment of being creative. Probably the real reason that delays us taking that first step is the fear of failure.
Picasso said - "Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up"
We think he should have said....
"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist after your primary school teacher told you you were shit"
But trust us, your primary school teacher was wrong - you do have creativity inside you just waiting to be nurtured.
You're waiting for the perfect time? - Like when the kids get a bit older, when you have more time, more money or the right tools. But that perfect time will never come if you don't put yourself first - just for once! So just give yourself 10 minutes right now to take your first step. Even if that means you spend the next ten minutes deciding where you will paint and putting out a water pot and palette for your paints, there you've already set your intention! Small steps add-up fast. You spend ten minutes today, and tomorrow, and the next day, working on these little steps and before you know it you have painted your first project!
Life really is too short, so I do hope you won't let another day pass you by without making a start....Try one little art project just for the fun and to remind you that creativity is definitely good for your soul. And we all need that!
As Always, happy painting, Carol x