Burn Out, Creativity, and Childhood

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I am doing The 100 Day Project this year. If you aren’t familiar with the The 100 Day Project, it is “a free, global art project that anyone can participate in.” The only rules are…

  1. Repeat a simple creative task every day for 100 days
  2. Record each day’s efforts

I heard about the project last year and thought it sounded like an effective way to accomplish some creative goals, i.e. writing more. But by the time the project rolled around this year, I knew I needed to embrace a different perspective.

Lately, I have been suffering from writing burn out, and I knew deep down that pushing myself into writing for 100 days would only be more discouraging. Instead of  raising the stakes in the creative medium where I already feel the most pressure, I wanted to use the project to light a spark of creativity in my life and let that influence everything else.

Also, if I start in a place where I don’t know all the rules for how to do it “right,” like painting and drawing, I’ll have a better chance of relying on creative instincts.

You see, I believe we all start creative. If you’ve ever seen a toddler dance or admired a child’s scribbles displayed on a fridge, you know what I mean. Not only do kids create intuitively, they don’t question their ability to do so. They are free.

Then they get older and maturity steals some of that freedom, and often their greatest passion gets the brunt of the internal and external criticism.

With this in mind, *creative* isn’t something we aspire to become; it is something we need to recover.

For me, this means committing myself to daily acts of creativity, starting with these 100 days.

It also means inviting you to join me! Maybe you don’t want to commit to 100 days, but you can commit to one.

Think about what creative activities you enjoyed as a kid (dancing, painting, baking, drawing, singing, writing, story-telling, and more) before life started to weigh you down. Do one of those things today, even if the results are awkward or embarrassing, and let it energize and empower your creative self. Then — if you’re reasonably comfortable doing so — share your work and experience in the comments or on social media, claiming creativity for yourself first, so you can invite others to become more free too.

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3 thoughts on “Burn Out, Creativity, and Childhood

  1. Thank you, Megan, for commenting on a life’s habit I’ve had on my mind for some time. For the past two years, I’ve been a professional writer and am achieving my goal of being financially sound and debt free from college. My creative writing passion has never died down, but lately I’ve been having to remind myself to sit down for at least 15 or 30 minutes at a given time to revise my manuscript. If I don’t revise or read, I go to other creative venues such as poetry readings, conferences, or lectures. My prayer for myself and for you is that the creative writing life is a natural part of our daily habits. I hope you retain, maintain, and thrive in this creativity! Thank you again for sharing this good post. Congratulations on your marriage and post-graduate life! It was fun being in the Honors Program with you 🙂

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    1. Thanks for reading, Hannah! I too am thankful for a job where I get to write and pay the bills, but I find that, after working all day, I don’t always want to spend more time staring at a computer screen and write something for me. Your blog has been an encouragement that I can do both 🙂

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      1. Megan, I’m so happy you read and follow my blog! Thank you for your support. I do agree that writing for pleasure can be hard after an eight-hour workday and commuting. I find it comforting that both of us feel the same way. 🙂

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