I’ve always pegged myself to be a creative person. While it is a tad ironic that I majored in the sciences for a good part of my younger years, I have since discovered that writing and art give me way more joy than crunching numbers and scientific experiments do.
It is the way of the world that people frequently don’t get to do what they truly love as a full time job. Of course with the internet age and multiple revenue sources, that’s slowly changing. But for the most part, some folks do settle into the routine of mundane, everyday vocations that help pay the bills and end up stuck in a rut. This is obviously a necessity – it’s either work or starve, plain and simple, but we often lose the creativity that we are born with along the way.
Given the pace of life in Singapore where I’m from, it is pretty difficult to have time for leisure activities especially when you have tons of work to do. I realise on hindsight that the key thing I hadn’t done was actually making time to do those things. Instead, after a long day at work, I would veg out watching TV or YouTube videos and allow time to pass totally uninspired. Slowly, over the past few years, I’ve tried to include creative exploits into my schedule, whether it’s photography, writing this blog or painting and it has made me realise how much more balanced I feel and a lot less cranky.
This year, I’m taking it up another notch by illustrating my devotions. I’d take the key bible verse or thought from the day and illustrate, quite simply, what stood out to me. As you can see, it’s relatively simple and rough around the edges but at the same time, in creating these drawings, it unleashes my creativity and also gives me a smorgasbord of ideas I could pursue. This is my personal journey and for you, it could be something completely different, like an Instagram daily drawing challenge. I know there are lots of communities that do this.
In this day and age, it’s a necessity to carve out some time in your schedule to do what you enjoy doing, whether it’s painting, dancing or even spreadsheets. We’re often sequestered in our world of work and media consumption to do something out of the box or creative on a regular basis. Whatever floats your boat, just block that time off to do it. I think you’ll be amazed the benefits it brings you.
In my years of hobbyist photography, I have only encountered people who were less than friendly twice. Once, was when I was taking the photo of a street scene. There were some buskers in the frame a distance away and one of them marched right up...