As a teacher, I loved creating new lessons I thought would engage students. As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, I loved creating workshops for teachers and writing grants to fund exciting programs involving technology in the classroom. I even enjoyed writing tutorials explaining how to do certain tasks with software apps. These were my creative outlets for the 29 years I was an educator. Now that I am writing fiction full time, that is my creative outlet (I love sharing the fruits of my efforts, my novels: http://goo.gl/rojJEA).
I have a neighbor who never stops working on the landscaping of his patio and yard. I think that’s his creative outlet, and I am somewhat envious of his skills. I have a son who is a wizard with words and rhetoric, another son who paints decoys and can cook any wild game or fish, a daughter who is mastering jiu jitsu, one who can expertly cut and style any head of hair, and one who creates the most imaginative wedding cakes. My wife Trish can take any set of ingredients and create a delicious meal (which can never be repeated in the exact way again, as it is an art rather than a science). You might like to paint with watercolors. You might like to create fun scrapbooks to pass down to your children. Or perhaps you garden and enjoy coming up with new configurations of soil, compost, and plants. Or maybe you like to redecorate the rooms of your house, creating fresh new living spaces.
It occurs to me that expressing ourselves creatively is part of being human. I imagine everyone has a creative outlet of some kind. If you haven’t thought about this, what is your creative outlet? Whatever it is, be sure to nurture it, study it, expand it, make time for it, and most of all, love it. It is, after all, part of what makes us human, don’t you think?
What is your creative outlet?