Good Friday everyone!
So I’ve been thinking lately about all the things I’ve done and all the things I’m still dying to do and I realised how much of my time is taken up by thinking of weird and wonderful things.
I am one of those people who needs to sleep with a note pad next to the bed (now progressed to my cellphone) to be on standby for the 3am thought bubble that lingers around until I am in a deep sleep and then pounces on me like cat does to a flying ant. It’s impulsive and quite annoying actually… it forces you to jump up, grab something to write with and jot down the idea, sometimes in brief, sometimes in great detail…. more often than not when there is lots of detail I cant read half of it anyway as my handwriting at 3am is not pretty by anyones standards.
You then feel ridiculously relieved… almost as relieved as you’d feel making it to the loo after holding a full bladder for a 3hour road trip and managing to not wet your broeks.
And then you fall asleep… as if nothing happened.
Now this wouldn’t ordinarily be a problem if I got the required amount of sleep in every night, you know, like a normal person who lives by the minimum 8hour rule… No-no, I get to bed at approx 1am on average if i’m lucky and so I get about 6hours sleep… sometimes 4hours if I’m editing.
These thought bubbles seem to becoming far more frequent and I cant help it. But I must admit… its what keeps me going. I’ve ended up doing all sorts of things from making nifty little doorstops, cushions, origami birds and making cute craft kits, painting all my furniture random happy colours, designing personalised gift tags, eco-pots for plants made from fabric, re-arranging the entire house until it “feels” right, brewing up delicious recipes to test on friends and family, beading jewelry, making key rings, painting on canvas, brainstorming new business ventures for friends and contacting them with my ideas first thing when I wake up…. these are just a few to mention or else you’ll be reading this post until monday morning.
For some this can be quite exhausting and it can be at times but its the price one pays for being a creative.
Now don’t get me wrong, creativity also needs to be fueled with just the right amount of caffeine and inspiration from other people around you. It doesn’t just happen. It’s a strict discipline that you need to nurture, develop, mold, channel positively and translate appropriately. It can just as easily become extremely destructive if not managed and especially if you are not aware of what you are doing at all times.
I find it’s helpful to set these ideas in motion, get it out of your system. and then they don’t have time to grow into the kind of beasts that consume you. Being consumed by something can be both a good and a bad thing but it’s hard to decipher between what is positively affecting you and what is wasting your time when your head is so far in it that you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So today I’d like you to take a moment to think about all the creative things you’ve wanted to do, refine your idea into something simple and effective and actually get going with it. It’s liberating and opens up your mind to new things. Sort of like having a mental spring cleaning if you will. The longer you harbour old thoughts and ideas, the less capable you become of doing new things, experiencing something fresh, exciting and eye-opening.
You have to give your mind soul food to feed off and it will prosper!
On that note, Spring is around the corner and I woke at some silly hour this morning and thought of nature, greenery and flowers… so here’s some of the pics I took in the garden this morning… enjoy!
Have a lovely weekend everyone,
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