When I was young, I had a TON of creative ideas. Nothing much has changed for me there, except one crucial thing.
I listen to myself now.
When I was younger, I was certainly encouraged to paint and cook and make things but I was definitely not encouraged to have creative ideas about HOW we could enjoy our lives more. It just wasn't ok to express creative thoughts that might result in my parents feeling like they weren't doing enough for us.
If I wanted to paint the living room it was taken that the living room wasn't good enough for me.
If I wanted us to have dinner together as a family and talk, it was seen as rude and pesky.
If I wanted to do something creative that would bring us together as a family, I was always told NO.
It's not odd that my life now revolves around bringing creativity and community together in one space. It's not odd that I coach Dreamers to become Doers. However, I could've fully turned away from Creativity. It was just so 'offensive' to have creative dreams.
It wasn't until I was faced with a recession that I was able to prioritize my own creative dreams and bring Cleveland Flea and Indie Foundry to life.
I'd love to know your stories about Creativity and if you have any that shaped your life based on others' responses to your expression of creativity.
Please share them with us here.