Recently I’ve been struggling to come up with new ideas for… well… everything really.
I’ve struggled to come up with new ideas for blog posts. I’ve struggled to find new and interesting things to post onto my social media accounts. Other than my knitting progress, I can’t seem to find anything that would make great photographs to post on Instagram. I’ve struggled to come up with new ideas for my writing. I’ve even found it difficult to invent new and creative ways to make my music lessons more interesting for my students. In fact, up until a couple of days ago, I had managed to convince myself that my creative mojo had finally deserted me and that I was destined to live an unfulfilled life of boredom; a life of sitting staring out of the window remembering better, more creative times; a life of watching everyone else having fun and being witty and clever on social media whilst I sat there wishing that I could join in but couldn’t because I have nothing witty or clever to say; a life of sitting at home whilst my friends were out enjoying themselves without me because I had nothing to add to their conversations or enhance their lives; a life of…WATCHING REALITY TV!! (ok – perhaps I’m being a little bit over-dramatic now).
Anyway, a couple of days ago I decided enough was enough and did what any self-respecting person does when they need to get their life back on track. I consulted Google. And, apart from being told to practice meditation, practice mindfulness, get more sleep, get out in Nature, ask the Universe for help, buy a new crystal and go on a retreat, as well as several other things, most of which I already do, the Great Oracle wasn’t really that helpful. Until I came across two things – one straight after the other.
The first thing was this quote by John Steinbeck:
The second was a blog post with my favourite tag-line as the post header. It said:
‘JUST DO IT!!!’
…and I took those two things together as the sign I had been looking for. And it worked!
Ideas Are Like Rabbits
Creativity breeds creativity and new ideas spring from other ideas. I’ve discovered that I can stare at a blank screen for hours when I want to write a blog post or an article or a short story and nothing comes to me. The minute I start writing though, and it doesn’t matter what it is I write, more and more ideas come tumbling into my head. The minute I start doing something creative I immediately start visualising all the other things I could try. The more creative the things I do in my personal life, the better I get at coming up with new and creative ways to explain things to students during their lessons.
It sounds almost too simple but it would appear that the quickest and best way to deal with a loss of creative mojo is to simply do something. Do anything. In fact, now that I come to think about it, I’ve always known this however, sometimes it seems so much easier to simply allow yourself wallow in self-pity and despondency than it does to sit down and just GET ON WITH IT!
Until the next time,