Creativity is definitely in the eyes (and heart) of the Doer. We writers sometimes refer to the classic expressions – painting, sculpting, writing, waxing poetic, dance, and so forth. Those are the kneel-jerk description.
But one day last week, I realized I get my creative glow from growing things. By things, I mean everything from dwarf sansevieria (short mother-in-laws-tongue) and pothos here in my office, lush herbs in the patio containers, and lactobacilli in the jars of vegetables happily fermenting on my kitchen counter. Bean sprouts also thrive in the cabinet next to the stove.
In the broad sense, I’m simply “creating” a hospitable environment so nature can do Her thing, much like planting a garden. But, oh, how I look forward to checking each on them every day!
My point is that Creative Joy is not only highly individual,
but it can also vary from season to season and year to year.
When something new snags your curiosity and feels exciting, explore! I’ve always started at the library or bookstore to learn more about it. Check with your friends to see if any of them has ever dabbled in It – post the question on FaceBook. Learning enough to begin is only the beginning of the joy.
The first time I saw actual little fermentation bubbles in my first batch of mild kim chi, I felt absolute giddy. That batch turned out to be too salty for me, but it was nevertheless a success as far as kitchen alchemy was concerned. But like cooking, it’s fertile ground for continual learning. (My refrigerator currently hosts 2 quarts of new mixed vegetable ferment and one quart of seasoned cabbage kraut.)
To paraphrase Brene Brown, “The hero isn’t the one who wins. It’s the one who dared to try!”