A great many of us at some time or another feel stifled in some way and can’t put our fingers on the reasons why. It’s not like anything strange comes along to cause this feeling – we wake up at the same time every day, we eat exactly the same thing for breakfast, drive through the same traffic to get to work, see the same people, have the same conversations and then do the same job that we’ve been doing over and over again, every day for seemingly years without end. We come home, eat the same meals, watch the same rubbish on TV, go to bed at the same time as usual and sleep until the alarm goes off at the same time it did yesterday and we do exactly the same things all over again.
There are many different ways to show your creative side. Many times we are unaware of it, but it is trying to come out anyway. For example, if you find yourself doodling on the back of memos during work, perhaps you’d benefit from taking up illustration or even painting as a hobby. You might even want to take a class or get involved with an online animation group.
If you find yourself the focus of attention all the time – perhaps you made a scene at work about the lack of parking spaces in the vicinity of your office, or you had a shouting match in the canteen with the creepy guy who gives you the evil eye from behind his computer – you might find it useful to join an amateur dramatics society or a local actor’s guild. You could even sign up with an agency to become a TV extra. Who knows, you might end up getting a role as a person walking behind a famous actor on the set of Coronation Street or Emmerdale!
If you have a nervous disposition and you often end up breaking, tearing and wrecking the things around you, you might want to take up a constructive hobby such as pottery or sewing (take a look at Sewing Machine Today). If you rip up your clothes after a stressful day at work, you can spend the evening relaxing and sewing them back together.
If you’re a habitual tapper – you should be aware that it’s often a sign of stress in you, and a major cause of stress in those around you. Don’t embarrass yourself and everyone by tapping on the desk during meetings and business presentations. Get online and order yourself a piano or a drum kit. You can stay up all night letting your creative energy flow out of you and into your instrument. You never know, you might end up becoming the next Freddie Mercury or Matt Goss – big time here you come!
The point is that we all have an inner artist who is trying to be set free to do beautiful things. Don’t allow yourself to be stifled any more. Once others see you doing it, they will follow suit. You could be a great liberator.