I think I'm realizing that I have a pretty deep-seated need to create, to breathe life into new things. I guess this sounds like a fairly obvious assessment, but it's hitting me on a deeper core level this week than it has before. This is in part due to the fact that I've not been doing my regular creating the past several days, due to the holidays and the various festivities they usually entail. So, I'm becoming more acutely aware of this internal hunger to create, something that is almost like a physical need. It's easy for this hunger to slip into the subconscious realm and cease to be felt during my regular work weeks of creating and promoting my art, simply because when I am in my rhythm, I am often propelled by external things - a show, an exhibit, a sale, etc., etc. But this week, the hunger is rising to the surface, despite there being no external objective to be met. So I realize in a new way that the act of creation really is a need in my life, just like food or exercise or rest. It is an affirmation that this is indeed hardwired into me, an integral part of how I was created and a confirmation that this is a part of what I am to offer the world.
Very well said, Karen. I relate to this so much. I am just truly awakening to this deep drive in myself, and have committed 2012 as the year of stepping into myself and being braver and more committed than I have ever been before. I love your last sentence -- I am going to print it out and put it where I will see it often. As a working mom, I have to remind myself that time for creating isn't self-indulgent - it's nurturing, as you wrote, "part of what I am to offer the world."
Thank you for the thoughts and inspiration your blog provides. I can't wait to see what you create in the new year. -Emily
Thanks for your kind words! Yes, art and beauty really are gifts to the world...the world is in desperate need of them, I think. Art is really such a force of life and healing. So that's great that you want to step into creativity in a more focused way! I hope that can happen for you this coming year...