Firstly, a plea to readers - this is an interactive blog, so please, please leave feedback. The point of writing this is to have readers respond and share their thoughts, experiences and ideas. I am not expecting readers to agree with me (though that's great if you do) - by all means, if you have a different opinion, then please feel free to express it. I am not going to criticize or abuse you.
Now to this week's topic.....Because I'm doing an Arts course, I'm naturally thinking a lot about creativity. I've had many people say to me "Oh, you're so lucky to be able to make things, I'm not creative at all". I don't agree. I think we are all creative, especially as children, but this talent is either stifled or simply not used.
Perhaps someone told us we were c*** at drawing (or singing, or dancing or making things or whatever). Perhaps our own "self talk" told us we weren't as good as our classmates, so we stopped doing that activity. I find it interesting that I have absolutely no recollection of school art classes. In fact, I asked my friend, Hope, whom I've known for over 40 years, whether we even had art lessons at high school (apparently, we did). I can remember all my other subjects and teachers, but not Art.
While I have dabbled a bit in handcrafts and sewing since my teenage years, I doubt that anyone would have dubbed me "a creative child". I did some knitting for my children when they were small, and sewed clothes for them when I was on my own from financial necessity. I also made some of my own clothes for the same reason. However, working fulltime, raising 2 children and a number of years spent studying meant that I had little time for creative leisure pursuits. This is the norm for women with families to care for.
What about you? Do you find yourself being more creative in your spare time now that you have more time to yourself, or have you always done so?