Today I want to talk about something that I like to call my creative whirlwind, but first let me give you a backstory…
I have always been a very creative person, which is both a blessing and a curse. I love expressing myself through my art, photography and writing and it allows me to show people what I cannot put into words. It does however, endlessly frustrates my teachers as I do very well on the academic side of things, but I simply have no interest in them. My whole life people have told me that I should be a teacher or a geographer or a mathematician because I excel in those areas and my whole life I have been telling them no. Many people don’t understand what drives me to be so passionate about my creative skills and instead want me to focus on excelling in more academic areas, so that I can ‘contribute to society’ or ‘make a good living’, but I disagree. I do not believe that that is what life is about. Being creative brings me joy and it allows me the freedom to do anything I want, which I can’t in many other aspects of my life for many other reasons. There is nothing I want more than to be free to travel the world while creating and learning. Of course there will always be strings attached, but I am willing to do almost anything to achieve my dreams.
Back to what this post is about though. Now you know a bit about me and how hard I fight to defend my choices to go down the creative route and not the academic route; you might be surprised to hear that I don’t do nearly as much creating as you would think. That is because of this thing that I like to call a creative whirlwind. What is a creative whirlwind you ask? Well to start with let me explain what happens prior to one of these infamous whirlwinds.
During my day to day life I am still creative: I daydream, I write little stories in my head, I take photos, I collect ideas for drawings and posts, but I don’t actually use them. I simply collect them and store them in my head. For years this confused me and it was hard to fight for what I wanted to do when people would rightly point out that I rarely did any of these things that I claimed to love – I never had a point to argue back with. I would try and force myself to draw and write, but the outcome was never something I was satisfied with. After several years of struggling though I have realised that I am not sitting idly, not doing things that would make me happy and help me get better at art, but I was rather collecting ideas and inspiration.
This now leads me into the creative whirlwind. Every month or so all of these ideas that have been floating around in my head will come to the surface and, combined with a good mood, will create a creative whirlwind. My small incomplete ideas will complete themselves in my head and form pictures for me to paint or posts for me to write. It will provide me with book ideas, lyrics for songs and photo opportunities. Sometimes I will only get one and it will be over quickly, but sometimes I will get all of the above and after that is just a race against the clock. You might be wondering why is it a race against the clock? You have the ideas now, can’t you just come back to them? Unfortunately, the answer is no. I call it a whirlwind because it is quick and it doesn’t last long. During my creative whirlwinds I have only ever produced my best work and I am proud of everything that comes out of them, but they never last very long, so I try to make the best of each and every one. Sometimes that means I am up at 1am typing in the notes section of my phone or drawing by what little light my fairy lights give off, but I am still never anything less than impressed with the results.
I am currently experiencing a creative whirlwind and it has helped me to write this post. I have also created YouTube banners and profile pictures for my new YouTube channel (coming soon) and my joint YouTube channel with my friends (also coming soon). I will also mention that is 9 o’clock at night and it is still going strong. It could end in 10 minutes and give me just enough time to finish this post or could it last until midnight, but either way I intend to make the most of it.
Do any of you experience a similar thing or is it just me? Are you Academic or Creative? I would love to know!
Goodbye for now!
Over and Out