My Relationship with Creativity

Creativity. On my list of “Abby’s best traits,” Creativity is Numero Uno. I’ve always considered myself to be a creative person. It’s a major part of who I am: as a person, and especially as a writer. Without Creativity, Abby Gabs wouldn’t be what it is today. Every single blog I’ve ever published came from a spark of Creativity…whether it was a silly blog, a serious blog, a video blog, or an illustrated blog. Every single one came from my pal, Creativity.

Creativity isn’t just something you pick up along the way. It’s not really something you can learn, or even something that can be taught. I truly believe that those who are creative are born that way. There’s something in them begging to be released, and whether it’s through music, or art, or poetry, or dance, or humorous blogs fueled by Photoshop, those creative people find their outlet and learn to shine.

Truth is, Creativity and I go WAAAAAY back.

As a child, Creativity was with me in just about every facet of my life. My imagination was so rich, you would have been hard-pressed to convince me that I wasn’t Shera, Princess of Power. My ruffled blouse was really armor gleaming in the sunlight. My plastic yellow sword quivered with magical properties. And the back porch was a realm of possibilities and adventure.

It wasn’t just a game to pass a rainy Tuesday afternoon. For me, it was as real as playing with a puppy in the floor of my living room, or learning to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from my Mom, or tossing water balloons with my brother. In those moments of Creativity, I experienced what it was to be a super hero. I was a dancer on Broadway, a detective on the hunt for the truth, an acrobat in the circus, and a backup singer for the New Kids on the Block.

I carried that predilection for imagination into my adult life. I’ve never been afraid to put myself out there, silly or not. And my Creativity has carried me each time I sat down in front of my computer to write a blog.

When something like Creativity is such an important part of your daily life, its absence can be somewhat unsettling. It’s a rare occasion when my imagination is stunted, or blocked, or otherwise compromised. And when I’m unable to turn to my creative outlet for comfort, I feel incomplete. Ideas pile up in the corners of my brain and begin to collect dust. My light shines just a little less bright. And Creativity goes on the back burner.

There can be any number of reasons why Creativity and I go our separate ways: stress, anger, confusion, laziness, distraction. Life can get in the way. Sometimes I don’t even see it happening to myself. It takes a pointed question from someone in my life to hold a mirror up for me to see what’s happening in the land of Creativity.

And yesterday, my husband was the Holder of the Mirror.

When I said to him that I was thinking of taking a break from Abby Gabs, or maybe even quitting all together, his response was a loud and resounding, “WHY?” And in his infinite wisdom he said to me, “Abby, there’s nothing so important that it should take you away from your own Creativity. It’s part of who you are, and part of what I love about you. And NOTHING is so important that it should take creativity out of your life.”

And so I sat down in front of my computer today, and I closed my eyes, and focused. I called out to Creativity and woke him from a deep slumber. And I channeled my inner child and drew a portrait depicting how Creativity and I have rekindled our relationship.

And it hit me. Baby…I’m back.

**This post is dedicated to Brian: for being my solid-as-a-rock foundation, my soft place to land, my constant cheerleader, and above all else, my very best friend. Thanks for the encouragement, babe. You rock.

7 thoughts on “My Relationship with Creativity

  1. Alex@LateEnough

    Thank goodness.
    PS. I thought about quitting TONS of times. I think the best way to get through writers block is to write anyway. I feel bad for my readers on those weeks but it keeps me going.
    PPS. Where’s my 6am better have unicorns or something like that graphic? That’s creative. And me being pushy. HAHA. Just kidding. Kinda.

  2. Stephanie

    The blogosphere would be a sadder, poorer place without you in it, my friend! Breaks are really bad for me…if I take a break, it’s almost impossible for me to get back at it. Honestly, inertia is the enemy of creativity in my life. Oh, and also reading. Yes, I realize how stupid that sounds, but when I read a really good book, the rest of the world ceases to exist for me. And right now I’m reading reaaaally loooooooong books. Ha!

  3. Youngman Brown

    I have gotta say that creativity always strikes me when I am either very busy, away from a computer, or desperately need to sleep.

    It is kinda unfortunate, but at least it comes to me sometimes!

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