For a little while, living in an insular world is okay. It breaks down all that mess into biteable chunks. If you’re there, it’s okay to disappear for a little while, regroup, and allow yourself time to heal. During this time, our energy is directed toward survival, and oftentimes we don’t have anything left for the creating process.
I was fortunate to speak with Suzanne Kelman, award-winning screenwriter, author, podcast host, actor, and director, about her experience, or rather lack of experience with play. As a woman who wears many, many hats, Suzanne has had to become very organized in order to get all the things done every day. But after years of being creatively productive, Suzanne had a coaching session with our very own Kerry Schafer, and what she learned in that session has dramatically changed the way she approaches her creativity and her schedule.
Endurance is something that is required when living a creative life. Your art is rarely going to fall out of you with little to no effort. Instead, it usually falls out in a giant mess, and it requires endurance to turn that mess into what we know it can be. Sometimes that process is hard and long and takes a lot out of us. And we need to build strong creative muscles to resist the forces that exist to push against our creativity.
Creative wellness isn’t some woo-woo term. Creative wellness is the act of mindfully (read: purposefully, actively) pursuing a balance of mind, body, spirit, and creativity.