I haven’t been very creative in my guided creativity lately, but then again, this is only the second post in this series. For that reason, I chose to use a Daily Prompt from The Daily Post , like I did in December, but even I admit that I need to step up my game to keep things interesting.
Entitled Fireside Chat, today’s prompt asks:
What person whom you don’t know very well in real life — it could be a blogger whose writing you enjoy, a friend you just recently made, etc. — would you like to have over for a long chat in which they tell you their life story?
Almost always, I’m not much of a ‘long chatter’. I think small talk is uncomfortable, especially when you know it isn’t going anywhere, or if you’re just talking to break the silence. Personally, I don’t mind sitting in silence (well, sitting in quiet) with a bunch of strangers because it’s just easier and I don’t have to break out of my comfort zone. It is a rare occasion when I’ve met someone who I can chat with and it just flows and most of those people are still my friends today. During this past spring and summer, I got to know someone who I would be very interested to hear more about their life. Fast forward to now, I don’t talk to this person on a regular basis, but I think that if we did meet up for a fireside chat, we could talk and it would just flow. We met under unusual circumstances, and in a way helped each other through our own personal relationships. When we talked, I was the one who did most of the talking, which looking back, I feel a little bit selfish for, but if I had talked less, I wouldn’t have anything to respond to this prompt. Anyway, I do know bits and pieces about them, as they know pieces of me, but I think I’d really enjoy a long conversation because our conversations did flow so easily which really helped me to come out of my comfort zone a little and showed me it wasn’t that all that hard to or all that bad. Since then, I’ve gone exploring on my own, only returning to my comfort zone to recharge.
I do wish to meet more of these people in my life, but those people aren’t just going to come and find me. I took the first step to finding that person, and it goes to show that if I want to change to better myself, I need to be willing to risk leaving my comfort zone and use it as a rest stop instead of a hideout.
Whose life story would you like to hear?
Last Thursday, the Jeremy of the Daily Post, wrote a post entitled Hacking Creativity: Simple Steps to Become More Creative. This immediately caught my eye, since the main goal of my blog is to explore my creative side. He notes that he struggled with pottery class and that he lacked ‘the creativity gene.’ I thought, “Wow, that’s me.” He goes on to say that “For longest time, we’ve assumed creativity is some kind of character trait bestowed at birth. In fact, it can actually be learned.” This crushed my hopes a bit, because I still believe that some people are innately more creative than others because for some people it just comes naturally.
Think back to when you were younger and your art project sucked and everyone else’s is awesome…but then again, that may be because I’m just grouping ‘creativity’ and ‘artistic’. My mother makes clay flower arrangements, and when I go help her at art and craft shows, people always ask if I do them. One, I don’t have the patience. Two, she likes things done a certain way, and I don’t really meet her standards. Three, I’m not good with art. (Crafts are definitely different. I can scrapbook, sew, cook, graphic design… and I help her in many other ways, selling, paperwork, taxes – things that have more of a ‘definitive’ result, so don’t think I don’t help!)Back to Jeremy – He listed four tips to help with creativity.
- Curate your surroundings – your ideas will come if you are surrounded by other people who have ideas (they don’t have to be good ideas either!).
- Attend a WordPress meetup – I’m not going to lie, I don’t like meeting people. I’m sort of anti-social because I’m just not very good at small talk and describing myself. I attribute that to me not having any interests, but now that I’ve taken up different things, maybe that will build up my confidence and be more willing to go and meet people
- Join an online Blogging University course – I’ve completed Blogging 101 and want to start Photography 101 when WordPress hosts it again
- Keep inspiration nearby
- Experiment with your environment
- Expand your bubble – this one is kind of hard for me because when I’m not interested in something, I don’t bother with it. For example, politics. I don’t really mess with them and so I kind of ignore it.
- Read books and blogs on different topics
- Practice free writing
- Take a writing vacation
- Force it – Maybe I’ll force myself to expand my bubble by reading a post from different topics. We’ll see how that goes.
- Back yourself into a corner
The bottom line of this jumbled post? Right now, the best creativity ideas for me comes from using others’ inspiration. It works the best for me, right now. Probably not in the future. But hey, we all have to start somewhere.
What works for you?
“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath
Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything?
I’m conflicted. Up until the last few months, I didn’t really keep track of my wants. And now that I’m starting to write things down and see all of my goals laid out, I want to do everything. So I agree with Sylvia Plath, I want everything because I was so close to wanting/having nothing. I’ve started blogging, pen-paling, volunteering, working out, eating clean, sewing, and stamp collecting…all of this when I don’t have school. I’m eager to see how much I’ll keep up with this when school starts again in January. And all of these are equal wants for me. I want to do all of those regularly, but I know sewing will probably take the back burner for a while. (I also started a bucket list, which is pretty dangerous because a lot of it is travel, and I’m not sure how I’ll ever accomplish it all.)
So which is more dangerous? I think both. Wanting nothing will lead to a boring life (which I had for a long time), but wanting everything will lead to let downs if you don’t get everything you want. There is a balance though, and I hope to be able to find it, because everything is not all or nothing. It’s give some, take some.