You have all the permission you need to be a creative practicing soul. Why do you need anyone to tell you otherwise? But just in case, I want to encourage you who are reading: you have permission to be creative. The art of creativity is an intensely personal endeavor, and all it requires is that you allow yourself to explore the creative side of you. Let you be all you.
Permission seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes we need to read the words, speak them aloud, and give ourselves the grace to get messy with whatever art forms we set our hands to do. Are you okay with that? Yes? Yes!! And even if you’re not okay, do me a favor. Take a deep breath. Release your tension. Turn off the broken I-can’t-do-this records. Shut down the internal, nay saying goons. Give yourself space and margin. You can do this; I know you can.
Funny thing about a permissive creative practice (at least for me) is that it unlocks potentional, ideas, and things you may never have thought of or previously considered. In a way, it also allows the brain to process information in a different format that may help you problem solve baffling or challenging issues. I’d also add from my own experience that a sense of self-allowance increases confidence, boldness, and esteem. One little word can do that much, and maybe that’s why my word for 2017 has been “yes.”
I’ve given myself many opportunities to show up, be seen, be heard, and try new things that I never would have tried before. All this because I gave myself permission. This 31 days series almost didn’t come into existence because I didn’t immediately say yes. I thought I had nothing to say until it dawned on me that I’ve been practicing other creative ideas that are not work related. I needed that kind of internal nudge, and it’s been a good thing. Nothing feels as good as seeing your own progress from the risk of stepping out, learning, and sharing the work you create. It’s the kind of satisfaction, no one can steal from you.
I want to encourage you friends, to own your whole artistic voice – personal and professional. Listen to what your soul is whispering that you’ve been ignoring. Ponder the invitations you’ve held pulsing in your heart thinking they’d die down to a rhythmless beat. I know, I know. We don’t think we do that to ourselves, but let’s be real here. We do. We often let dreams die thinking it’s too late for us. Well, guess what? It’s not too late. As long as there is breath in your body and life in your lungs, you have the time. Choose you. Choose now. Create without hesitation. There’s still a beat in those dreams. Give them breath, and let them live. This will be your lifetime creative practice.
Keep on creating. Tell me your stories of creative permission too. I’d love to hear them.
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.