Repost from Women, Be Wild, written 1/11/17
I am not creative.
I don't really draw or paint. sing or play an instrument, dance or act. Can I write? Well that's yet to be determined, but if so, I tend to be much more of a technical writer--short and to the point--than a creative one. I tend to write fairly flow of conscious and being a scientist, my brain tends to get to points quickly, without much descriptive or expressive language.
So, I am not creative, or at least that is what I grew up believing and, for a long time, I let it be.
As Dan and I were leaving on a recent fall desert excursion, we learned of the passing of Leonard Cohen. I grew up listening to Leonard, his music has a special place in my heart as something I shared with my father. I always enjoyed his music and his lyrics, but never thought too deeply about them. At the time of his death I hadn't listened to his music in quite some time. As we headed out on our desert excursion, we downloaded Leonard's essentials. We listened to them as we drove out into the vast, unfettered desert. It was dark when we arrived at our campsite on the playa. We listened to and danced to Leonard's poetic verses. We drank them up under the dark night sky so full of stars we felt as if we could reach out and touch them, wrap them around our bodies like a crisp, bright blanket. Those stars, you only experience in the few remaining deep, dark places, far away from the lights of modernity. The night got me thinking more deeply about creativity.
One of my current focuses is releasing my wild creative side--or at least not be so afraid of it. I am working on it with this blog, photography, Dan's and my #reneehandstands and a few other projects. With Leonard's passing it made me think more keenly about words and using words creatively to bring home points or motivate or just plain incite emotion. I want to intently read, listen to, study and glean the words and phrases of my favorite bards and use them as muses to help direct my creativity.
I have a lot of work to do and a lot to learn.
Wish me luck!