My last post was about the royal garden party, which I mentioned was right outside my comfort zone. When I got my invitation, I didn’t even possess a dress, let alone a hat or fascinator, so the dress code felt quite challenging!
But I like going outside my comfort zone – its expansive. Going outside your comfort zone makes your comfort zone bigger.
Trying new things is also the key to living creatively because creativity is, by definition, making something that didn’t exist before and, when we try new things, we create brand new experiences.
Quite often, we may be reluctant to try new things – a different kind of food, book, activity or TV show – and there is indeed a good chance we won’t like the new one as much as our old favourite. But if that’s the worst that could happen, I reckon it’s worth the risk.
It doesn’t have to be a giant leap into the unknown – shaking up the little things can start a creative wave. When was the last time you parked in a different spot at the supermarket, took a different route to work, sat in a different chair in the evening, went out for a walk at a time of day when you usually stay home?
Living creatively by seeking out new experiences puts energy into all your creative work because you carry those attitudes of openness and adventurousness, and also that buzz of pleasure and excitement, into your writing or painting or gardening, or whatever creative activity floats your boat.
Anyone for a seaweed sandwich?
5 thoughts on “The key to living creatively”
Such an interesting idea – it’s true that the tiniest change in routine can liven up life!
I’ve seen this as a diet tip too – the idea that the problem most people have with dieting is that they can’t change their eating habits. So shake up all your habits and food falls out of its usual pattern for you too. I find that idea persuasive!
Love the notebook. & totally agree with your post 🙂
Love this beautiful line, Jen: ‘Going outside your comfort zone makes your comfort zone bigger.’ Your blog posts are like gems.
That’s such a lovely comment, Brenda – thank you!