Do you remember bringing home your first creation to give to your mother on Valentine's day? Or the weird clay thing (it was an ashtray DUH) to give to your Dad (though he didn't smoke)?
Long ago were the days when every creation of ours guaranteed high praise and the prime spot on the fridge. Many of us are badgered by inner critics that think we are wasting our time creating. But the love of creating can still be yours.
When was the last time you let that childlike self of yours create something absolutely silly? When have you made something ugly on purpose? When did you draw with your eyes closed? with your non-dominate hand?
When did you write the worst story ever? When did you try to write horribly on purpose? When did you just write for the fun of it?
When did you last sing a song you knew was out of your range? When did you try making up music on your instrument? When did you play with all the feeling you had in your body?
Today close your eyes and think of that lovely childhood time when all your creations were praised. Now capture that feeling and bring it to your creative space right now.
Ready, set, create!
No judgements, no critic. Have fun and remember what it was like to create as a child.
(P.S. Thanks Jory for the mention on www.BlogHer.org)