Why you don’t need permission to get creative

Once upon a time there was an eight year old in the dunce class (back when the slow kids were shoved into a class together and basically written off).

But the great thing about being in this class was that the kids created art. All the time. Every day. And they loved it.

The kids flourished and moved on and up to the next grade. But sadly and with regret, they left the art behind. Art was only for stupid kids. Art was basically a time wasting triviality, best ignored and forgotten.

But…but that child didn’t forget. She kept her secret. The guilty secret that art in fact was the most rewarding, satisfying and life affirming thing she had ever done.

But the years, the decades rolled by. Life got harder. Life became all a bit much. Too much in fact.

Then someone said…”why not paint. Get creating. At least it will make you FEEL better”

Do you live a life less lived? Do you fear the lost souls out there who have never thrown themselves heart and soul into art and have no idea of the jewels to be found there? The lost souls who don’t understand you?

Are you waiting for someone to say to you “yes get your paints out, make that dress, write that song,”? Is the only reason you are willing to step into the artistic circle again is when someone gives you permission?

We are on this earth for such a short time, why spend it putting up with, compromising, settling.

You rarely hear people saying how bored they were painting or crafting. Whereas who looks forward to tidying up a spreadsheet?!

I waited until I was 55 to get back into art. And every saturday afternoon or evening when I get the chance to create, time stands still. Sure some artworks are a total failure, some teeter on the edge until I get a breakthrough.

But when I am in my tiny art studio is the only time I feel grounded, whole, in the zone. The same way I did in the dunce class when I was 8. That smell of the art room is hypnotic, like a Morocca market. It bursts with flavour, rich colours and vibrancy.

If your friends, family or colleagues think your bonkers for wanting to make dolls, or taking up knitting or crafting. Or if you feel guilty about spending the money to get started. Do it anyway!! Do it today. Just start. Create now as if your life depended on it, because it pretty much does!

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