The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.Dieter F. Uchdorf
The past seven months are a blur. The one year anniversary of my father’s passing was incredibly difficult and wrestling with my grief used up what little energy I have. I haven’t been writing as much — the well of words seems to be taken up by journaling and working through things with a new holistic therapist.
But even if words don’t come as easily as they did before I lost Dad, I still felt the need to create. So in May, I entered two photographs into a local juried art show and won first prize for one of them — which was a huge shock and honor. Then I tackled a big project and created a mixed media piece on ocean pollution for another art show in September. That one did not win any prizes, but it stretched my creativity muscles and was fun to make. You can see photos of both pieces on my Instragram page.
In October, I halfheartedly participated in an Instagram Challenge but my day job became super busy all of a sudden and there wasn’t much time leftover for creativity. But I really wanted to make the time. After all, creating something — whether it be a photograph, a painting, or art journaling — is another source of healing for me.
So this November, I decided to do my own challenge — no rules except to do something creative , no matter how small, every day. No word prompts to overthink, no theme to box me in — just create. Outside the lines. Messy. Colorful. Even if I just write a quote in beautiful script and it takes five minutes — that counts. A friend of mine is an organic baker and she baked vegan cookies and posted a photo on IG — that counts too!
It’s day six, and so far, I’ve only missed one day (because of course I would get sick right at the beginning!) but the beauty of doing my own challenge is that I’ve eliminated the guilt if I don’t do it. My rules, so I can bend and break them all I want. And isn’t that what creativity is about? Coloring outside the lines to create something new. No matter how messy or crazy it is — the point is to create and feed the soul.
If you’d like to join, feel free — no rules, no guilt — just use the hashtag #30DaysCreate when you post on IG, Twitter, or Facebook, so we can see what beautiful things you’re creating.
Image copyright 2019 MAG
A member of the Water Street Writers, Mikaela D’Eigh is a writer, poet, and lover of Scotch. She lives out in the country with two Egyptian gods disguised as cats, a herd of cows, and a flock of wild turkeys. Check her out at La Belle Dame Merci and on Medium for more articles, poetry, and shenanigans.