Why is a balanced life so desirable? Is it so that we can say to everyone, “Hey, look! I have a balanced life!” I don’t think so…
The purpose of balance is creativity. I want to have the important things in my life in order, so that I can live out what I was meant to be… So I can excel in the things that I was meant to excel in.
Let me give a little explanation to what I said in the previous post.
“Everyone is made to be creative. Everyone needs to find their flow.”
Sometimes we box the word “creativity” in acts such as writing, painting, singing, dancing, or whatever artistic things. But this is really not what it means. A person who is flowing in his creativity has a unique vision – a vision that he has never seen with his eyes, but he conceives on the inside. He is just living out his creativity as he brings into reality the vision he has. This is not limited to the things we consider artistic, but in absolutely anything. Just like how God created matter and energy when He spoke the universe into being, we create new “information” that eventually influences the world we live in.
Everyone is good at something. It may be cliché, but I really believe it. Each and every person in this world has his or her own niche that he was meant to be creative in. People who have found their areas of creativity and live in it are the happiest people on the planet. They are constantly creating new things. They do the things they love doing, and people appreciate what they create. On the other end, people who aren’t able to experience this creative flow feel incomplete, as if there is always something else that they should be doing. They’re never satisfied. They feel weak, unfulfilled and insignificant.
That’s why everyone needs to find their creative flow. Here are some practical ways to help us (I need it too!) find our creative flow.
Most people reading this might already have an idea of where they are creative in. If you don’t already know what you are good at, try new things. Turn off the TV / iPad / Tablet / Console or whatever. We are constantly consuming content created by other people. This is good to some extent. We can get inspired to do things in our own lives. Or a good movie or book will help us relax our minds. But if all you do is consume consume consume, then you’re not growing in your creativity. Get out of your comfort zone! Try something new! You might just enjoy it. 🙂
Do it regularly. What you do everyday is really what will define your life. So what makes it into your daily routine is what sets your direction. If you want to grow in your creative flow, you need to make time for it. I’m not saying that you should do it everyday, but there should be some scheduled time for you to practice your passion.
Don’t think about the money (yet). Of course, we all want to do what we love and get paid for it. But the purpose of this exercise is to get you in the process of growing in your creativity. When you’re really good, and found your flow, then start thinking of how to monetize it. When I started photography, I was always thinking about how I could make money with it. I wanted to start a business and charge for my photo services ASAP. As a result, I just kept thinking about the business, and didn’t try to improve my skills. Now, I’ve accepted that it’s just a hobby for me. As a result I’m really enjoying my work as a videographer. We’ll see where it takes me.
Al Hollingsworth said these words that I will never forget: “What is it that you would do for free, for the rest of your life?”
If you can answer that question, then you’ve found your passion and your calling. What are you waiting for?
- A creative life is a healthy life (cnn.com)
- Creativity Can Keep You Healthy (everydayhealth.com)
- Achieving the Creative “O” (megangall.com)