It was August 2016, life had finally settled down and a chapter in my journey had ended. Four years of graduate school, an internship and a credential test later i was exhausted, my brain fried and longing for a refresh. Having packed up all my belonging from my southern california apartment and driving six hours north to san jose was the start of a new chapter, a long awaited chapter. I was finally beginning my career, finally independent, finally free to explore a part of myself that had gone untouched for years.
Do you remember that time in your life when you had the freedom and mental space to explore. For most of us it was during our adolescents or teenage years, our parents gave us the options to explore sports, libraries, museums and other extracurricular activities. We would spend our summers, or after school hours completely enthralled by our explorations. We felt happy, free, and unaware of a life that exist without exploration. This is our essential stage, our essential selves. It is who we are when we aren’t being told by others to stay within a boundary of normal, it is who we are when we lived outside of expectations.
For many of us life would be different if we kept the explorations going, if we were brave enough to speak up, and make time for creative freedom. That’s not my story, and it may not be yours either, and that’s ok. Life has a way of giving us multiple opportunities to get back to our dreams, to dig deep within ourselves to find that gem that we use to show so proudly. Our essential stage is there, in our memories, waiting for us to revisit, relive and be inspired to reintroduce ourselves.
Look for Patterns. Our patterns tells us a lot about the things we enjoy, are craving, and/or can’t live without. For example, my love for reading and writing. When i was younger i lived at the library, and started journaling at a young age. When i wasn’t reading books i was reading lifestyle and fashion magazines. I did not know it at the time, but journaling or writing was a form of creative expression for me, it came easily. When i look back at the last 20 years i have used writing and reading as my preferred activity. Look back at your childhood, look for the pattern of your activities you might find the key to creative living.
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