Why Wednesdays? – Why Creativity Counts #3: Self-Sufficiency

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.

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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.

No.  Wait.

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.)
  •             Knit.
  •             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.
  •             More.
  •             Be damn proud of myself for it.

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I used to be envious of my obviously creative friends.  My friends who decorated their homes with their own artwork, wore clothes sewn in their dining rooms, threw beautiful gatherings on their cleverly lighted patios and painted their own furniture.  Now I just recognize that I needed more time to find my creative streak.  I was busy doing other things and that’s okay.  You know why?

I was just saving these particular adventures for this decade.  My thirties don’t look so bad anymore.

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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

8 comments on “Why Wednesdays? – Why Creativity Counts #3: Self-Sufficiency

  1. laceyjbrown says:

    Right? I was just saying last night that I wouldn’t go back to my twenties for anything. As much as it sucks to get old, I guess I’m cool with my early thirties. 🙂 We’re so much smarter.

  2. FledglingFoodie says:

    I just turned 26, and I’m just starting to recognize now how important it is to set aside time for open, unabashed creativity. There’s something about being in your teens and 20s that makes you embarrassed to be creative, I think. It’s uncomfortable and vulnerable. I hope I can change that by the time I’m 30… thanks for the inspiration!

    • You’re welcome – and I think you are absolutely right about the uncomfortable and vulnerable aspects of it. I didn’t think of it in quite that context before, I totally agree with you!

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