Creativity is supposed to be fun!
There are so many rules, laws, and guidelines that tell us how we must or must not do things in so many areas of our lives. Many of the rules and laws are there for our protection and we’re glad of them, while sometimes the rules and guidelines can feel oppressive and restrictive.
Creativity is a beautiful gift, so why do we seem to be making a point about the ‘right’ way to do something, or asking people to question ‘Am I doing x wrong?’
Overthinking creativity, worrying too much about making a mistake with it kind of kills the spark – and ruins the fun.
Being a grown-up has plenty of things that aren’t fun, so let’s keep a firm grip of the things that are fun!
Two creative outlets that appear to come under scrutiny on Pinterest are bullet journalling and Instagram. I love Pinterest, bullet journalling, and Instagram. I love looking up ideas and tips, and I also love doing them my own way.
During my (many) hours on Pinterest I’ve felt a bit peturbed by posts suggesting that I might be indulging in my loves of Instagram and bullet journalling ‘incorrectly’. Fair enough, the titles of some posts are click bait and the article itself is a useful how-to. Others…aren’t.
Bullet journalling is a great way to help me keep on top of life stuff with to-do lists. I also love using a fresh page to write in pretty lettering a quote I’ve heard, or drawing a mind map of ideas for projects and goals, or a brain dump of what is on my mind. I take inspiration from the many beautiful posts on Pinterest that give spark ideas for the pretty much infinite possibilities a bullet journal can be used for. I like to try and copy some of the pretty borders and detailing, helping build my lettering and calligraphy skills as well as being a relaxing thing to do.
My bullet journal to-do lists don’t have fancy symbols though, and according to some I am therefore doing it ‘wrong’. To be honest, I can’t be doing with symbols and a key – my brain just doesn’t work that way, and that’s fine. I have my own system of colour codes and tags. Would someone else be put off bullet journalling because they don’t get the symbols, or feel they don’t have the seemingly requisite or correct skill/tools/book/colour scheme? I hope not.
Instagram is another great love. I post what I want to post, when I want to post it. If you check out my feed you will find a rather eclectic mix of colour, flowers, outfits of the day, workout posts, and pictures of my cat. There is no ‘theme’, and I don’t have set times to post.
Different people use Instagram differently – some use beautiful flatlays, some take stunning DSLR photos that they spend ages editing on a computer before uploading it to IG, while others are obsessed with minimalist monochrome.
I like having the mix in my feed – a stream full of nothing but flatlays, edited pictures, or monochrome would be really boring. To use the minimalist monochrome as an example, it’s not to my taste (I’m an untidy colour lover), but I admire the tidiness, the order.
I feel free to express myself how I want on Instagram. Followers have told me my pictures brighten up their day, which is lovely! It’s a benefit for them, and for me too.
And for those who don’t like my pictures…the ‘unfollow’ button is there for a reason.
It’s all fine.
Realising perfection and what others think doesn’t actually matter is very liberating!
Or, as the wonderful Elizabeth Gilbert (author of the fantastic book on creativity, Big Magic Creative Living Without Fear, which you must read if you haven’t already) so eloquently says…
Creativity has such potential to open up your mind, help you think differently, find solutions to problems, introduce yourself to new possibilities.
Think of all the great minds and inventors – they thought ‘outside the box’, used their imaginations, and made loads of mistakes along the way to incredible discoveries and inventions that we take for granted now.
As Einstein said “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”, and he was pretty clever.
Each one of us is individual, with our own ways, thoughts, quirks, and ideas.
There is no one right way to do things.
People (bloggers especially!) have lots of opinions, and there are those who with the best of intentions share their ‘how-to’ guides. It’s important to remember that these are opinions and options, not law or gospel. There is no one-size-fits-all recipe for success.
Take note of the tips, sure, but utilise them in your own way. Get stuck in, don’t worry too much about what others think. You’ll probably make mistakes, but so what? Making mistakes on things that are supposed to be fun doesn’t matter. And what’s more, making mistakes is the way to find out what doesn’t work – and most importantly what does work for you.
Now we’re grown-ups and perfectly capable of choosing for ourselves what we read, don’t read, and pay attention to etc. Age doesn’t necessarily come with self-confidence, though, and no matter how old we are we can still worry about how we are perceived, about doing things wrong, not making mistakes, not being perfect.
The point is to do it your way. Enjoy yourself, express yourself, be yourself.
Authenticity is key.
Be brave! There are no rules when it comes to creativity. Rules are about playing it safe, not taking risks. The magic happens only when you venture outside of your comfort zone.
Use your imagination, experiment, take risks, explore.
Go forth, be creative, and have fun!