So my 4 year old composed a song today. Completely spontaneously and without any prompting on my part. It was eerily quiet in the house, and I got paranoid that something was being or had been destroyed… and instead it was quiet because he was furiously busy creating something! Now, I’m not professing that he’s the next Mozart by any means, but it did help me realize that here I am trying to be SO intentional about my creativity and really I just need to look to my child for guidance!
So I didn’t technically “make” anything today, but I do feel like I should get some credit related to his creation… I did help make him after all!
And how did we end the day? One of the best ways I know…
Yes, I know it’s the middle of summer. However, due to my work schedule July always feels like the start of the new year. So it seems fitting that creatively I am feeling quite bear like, poking my head out of the den, stretching and getting ready to go out and explore after my long winter slumber.
So my first endeavor is this impulse purchase of fresh flowers. Just a simple day lily and some greens. But I never buy myself flowers, so this was a treat. And I think I got the most enjoyment out of just carrying them home, imagining I was returning from a quaint little european farmers market.
With the house filling up with the lily fragrance, I dove into our downstairs closet (aka. “black hole of stuffiness”) and dug out the tools for my first crafting endeavor. I’m kind of cheating because I’m “re-starting” a sweater than has been collecting dust, but better this than nothing, right?
About a month ago, I had a small health scare. Nothing too dramatic, but enough of a bump in the road that I had to apply the brakes. And it also got me thinking. Fast forward to today and I realized that in the past few weeks I’ve been feeling… restless. I couldn’t put my finger on it… the boys and E are doing great, work is humming along, we’re well into the heat of the summer… but something was nagging at me.
And then, Eureka!
With everything going so well, I’ve had more space. And more space has meant that I realized I’m not tapping into my creative/artistic side currently. This is the side that had me playing in fairy worlds as a toddler, learning to knit at age five, making sock puppets nearly daily at age 7, nearly burning down the house at age 10 trying to make my own candles (unsupervised! yikes!), had me neck deep in photography in Firenze during college and considering pursuing my masters is ceramics before winding my way to medicine.
So how could I let this major part of me just wither?!
Well, no more! Out has come the yarn and fabric and sketchbooks and pens! My right brain is on hyperdrive with ideas for photography, decorating, crafting and creating. I may have even come home with my own violin under the pretense that Little Guy has just started lessons.
And to help keep me on course and more balanced (Right and Left brains at the ready!), I have made a pledge to myself (and posting it here for accountability) that I am going to make something of some significance every day for a year, starting today.