But Julia Cameron believes and I agree that we are all artists. We were all created to be creative—the whole of creation is by definition, creative. So when we don’t make time to be creative, when we don’t have a creative outlet, we feel disconnected, disharmonious with the world around us.
How often do we rush past tulips in full bloom? How often do we honk our horns and tailgate in a maddening rush-hour instead of winding our windows downs and enjoying the afternoon sun and breeze?
We block ourselves in our busyness. We think we don’t have time but we’re just too scared to make time. I think that we’re scared that if we slowed down and began to see all the beauty that is around us, we would be overcome.
When I walk anywhere with my mother I am routinely annoyed by the way she looks up, not forward, as she walks. She cannot just look ahead and watch where she’s walking. She points at flowers, tress, clouds, birds, bugs. She is constantly crouching down, jerking her head this way and that, running into people and staggering off the road. She has a childlike appreciation of the beauty of nature that few adults maintain.
Maybe we’re afraid that we would cease to be productive if we slowed down enough to take in the sights, engaged in observation, if we relaxed and enjoyed life. We usually set aside those tasks for vacation, two weeks out of the year we assign to fun and relaxation, appreciating the beauty that life has to offer, instead of incorporating that kind of thing into our daily lives.
Each day that I sit down to write, I think: I have nothing to write about. And each day that I start writing, “things” miraculously come out of my mind and my fingers. I do have things to write about, more things than I can get out on paper, we all do. We all have something to say, through writing, painting, photographing, scrapbooking, landscaping, woodworking, music-playing, home-decorating. We all have a drive to create, to make sense of the vastness of creation by making our own creations on a microcosmic level.
I forget that I simply don’t have time in this life to not be creative.