Monday, 25 February 2019

Am I Losing My Creativity?

A few weeks ago, I came across a video online that spoke about our creativity and how easy it is in our modern day society to hinder. I've been in a love/hate relationship with technology and social media for a long time now, and given that this was one of the main reasons they gave for lessening our creativity, I was immediately interested! This video, *that I ironically found on Facebook*, also mentioned inspiration, and how so many of us find it difficult to find. When you're sat on the bus, or waiting for a friend, or taking your lunch break, how much of that time is spent looking at your phone? I know I personally spend the majority of any 'waiting' time on my phone, scrolling social media or messaging a friend, anything to avoid just sitting and waiting. But it's moments like that, when all our brain is able to do is watch the world go by and wonder without control, that inspiration hits us. When we people watch and let our imagination take on a life of its own; that's when ideas take root and our creativity can blossom. It's such a shame that nowadays moments like this are rare because we find it so difficult to simply sit and be present instead of reaching for our technology.

When I was growing up, it wasn't possible for me to sit at a computer or stare at my phone all day, and the time that I now spend absorbed in the online world was free to fill with creativity. I would draw, write, sing, watch a film, paint, or mess around with an instrument for hours on end. Even if I wasn't creating anything specific, I would do all of these creative things just because. I have so many notebooks that are filled with story ideas, chapters I wrote, pictures, song lyrics, doodles; random creative thoughts that only made an appearance because I channelled my boredom into creative hobbies. I miss that.

Alongside trying to allow myself those moments of watching the world go by, I'm also trying to spend my down time exploring creative hobbies, and attempt to rekindle the unabashed imagination I had as a child. I thought I would share three of the hobbies I've come to adore in the time I've spent reducing screen time in my life!

  • MUSIC - It's very rare that I don't have some sort of music playing, either loudly or in the background, when I'm at home relaxing, but recently I've found myself wanting to get back into actually playing it. I've dabbled with playing both the guitar and piano in the past, but this was many years ago and I've most definitely forgotten all that I learnt. Over the past few weeks I've been spending an evening here or there teaching myself some songs on piano, and I am loving it. The feeling when I actually manage to play a verse or chorus through perfectly after numerous failed attempts is so lovely and I love being able to show something for my time!
  • KNITTING - I've been knitting for a long time now and I absolutely adore it. It gets my hands moving, I'm creating something I can physically see taking shape, and once you get into the swing of things it can be such a therapeutic way to spend your down time. I would love to dedicate more time to improving this skill and create some more extravagant pieces!
  • DOODLING - I am terrible at drawing. My sister can take one look at a picture and recreate it perfectly, but that skill is something I've never been able to master. As a child, it didn't necessarily bother me that my doodles were a tad rubbish, I just enjoyed the art of putting pen to paper and creating something. I find it interesting that we stop exploring hobbies such as drawing or painting as we get older if it turns out we can't create something visually pleasing; this doesn't bother us as children, so why should it when we're adults? Alongside allowing myself to doodle images, I've also started to doodle with words again. Jotting down random thoughts, sentences, phrases, ideas, stories, anything that pops into my mind when I let it run free. Usually, one small word or phrase will spark off a bigger idea and before you know it I've written pages and pages, and I absolutely love it!

I'm fairly certain I will always love sharing images on Instagram, or finding inspiration in the depths of Pinterest, but I definitely don't love the hours I waste away in front of a screen. I'd like to get back to the imagination and creativity I had as a child, and I think putting my phone away is the best way to do that!


What are some of your favourite creative hobbies?
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  1. I totally get this! I have a lot of time that I dedicate to basically "forcible daydreaming" 😂 my favourite is to go for walks so my mind can wander. But it is true. If we are constantly taking in media then we're not giving our brains room to create. Although I'm definitely not one for the whole "delete your apps!" and all that and I love the conversations and inspiration sparks I get from being online and consuming content here, but I definitely believe in times when our brains have nothing to do but create for ourselves. (I loved this post!)

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    1. Thank you so much! I completely agree - it's finding the right balance between using social media to spark creativity and also allowing ourselves time to spark it ourselves <3 x

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  2. Omg, you're so right. Instead of having my face pressed against the screen maybe I should look around at all the people and everything happening around me when waiting for the tram or a friend. Inspiration is everywhere... outside of the phone that is :) x

    Teresa | outlandishblog.com

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    1. It can't hurt to give it a try every now and then <3 x

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  3. Doodling is something that I have always loved, I can get lost in my sketchbook for hours at a time!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  4. I love this. I can so relate. As I get older, I become more consumed with what I see online and I spend less time engaging in my own creativity which is a big reason why I started blogging in the first place. I still set aside time a few days each week to write- whether it's a blog post, a poem, or a short story. I also find my time at the gym is a great way to disconnect and explore my mind a little bit more.
    http://expeditiontoeuphoria.com

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    1. I love that - it's so important to dedicate time for the creative part of our minds! <3 x

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