A Note about This Feature: Why Wednesdays is a Move Eat Create weekly feature determined to turn the mid-week doldrums upside down and celebrate things I love to do and blog about. Currently, the focus is on creating and creativity.
I have no illusions about being a completely independent, self-sufficient person. I know that I will always rely on the skills and talents of others to get through my life. When my toilet breaks, I’m calling a plumber. When I want to travel, I’m putting myself in the hands of a trained pilot. When my computer breaks, I’m shouting for help from Mr. Move Eat Create. You get the idea.
But as sure as I am in the necessity of calling upon others for their abilities, I’m just as sure that stretching my own talents is useful, practical, and enjoyable. I want to be as self-sufficient as possible. I want to know how to do things and to not be afraid to try, for better or worse. Drawing upon my creative-self to become more self-sufficient just makes sense for a number of reasons.
I’m a pretty independent woman, don’t you know? When I don’t know how to do something that (in my mind) seems simple, it upsets me.
It pisses me off. Yes. That’s more accurate.
So the more creative I get with my abilities; the more handy I become; the more adventurous and clever in my talents; the more independent I am and the less pissed off I am. It’s simple, really.
When I was getting ready to turn 30 I freaked out. I had some very serious early-mid-life crisis action going on. And then it happened. The big day came and I was still a mess for a bit. Now I am 32. In those two years, a lot has happened to change my view about being a woman in my thirties and one of the biggest factors has been reflecting upon how much I know and how many things I can do that I couldn’t do just a few years ago.
And, I undoubtedly owe most of it to finding my creative side and letting it prosper.
Things I couldn’t do in my twenties:
- Cook. (Okay, I could make grilled cheese sandwiches and mashed potatoes. Not exactly an extensive repertoire.)
- Sew on a button.
- Organize a useful pantry.
- Develop a fitness routine that kept me engaged.
- Make a tasty cocktail.
- See so much beauty in nature.
- Make a homemade greeting card.
- Make my own scented body scrub/bath salts.
- Put together an attractive outfit from thrift store finds.
Things I can do in my thirties:
- All of the above.
- Be damn proud of myself for it.
I was just saving these particular adventures for this decade. My thirties don’t look so bad anymore.
Previous Entries in This Series:
Why Creativity Counts #2: It Makes You Smarter
Why Creativity Counts #1: Because It’s So Much More Than You May Think