I truly believe that if the Creator made you to create, you die a little everyday if you do not feed that beautiful part of yourself. It doesn't have to be something huge or something that take 6 months to finish. Sometimes, I get my creative fix when I make pipe cleaner dolls with my girls!
And I think some of us get insecure because we think our 'crafts' aren't useful or we think if they aren't typically something that sells that they are a waste of time. PSHAW!!! Selling art or the lack thereof does not differentiate an artist from a 'crafty person'. If you create, you are an artist. My kids are artists. Don't sell yourself short. There is an artist inside you. And that artist wants out!!
I found a fabulous quote on pintrest today (yes, I'm addicted). It's perfect for you and I.
I know that life is busy and hard, and that there’s a crushing pressure to just settle down and get a real job and khaki pants and a haircut. But don’t. Please don’t. Please keep believing that life can be better, brighter, broader, because of the art that you make. Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym than going to the deepest places in your soul. Please keep making art for people like me, people who need the magic and imagination and honesty of great art to make the day to day world a little more bearable.
And if, for whatever reason, you’ve stopped, stopped believing in your voice, stopped fighting to find the time......start today.
- Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines
Now......go get a cup of coffee.....
And Create. With no guilt. No Shame. Do what you were created to do.