December 6 – Make.
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
Thinking about this question, I realized I have "made" a lot of things during the last year when it comes to my work, but not enough when it comes to the creative person in me.
What I've created, what I've devoted all my energy to has been mainly my research.
I have written papers, I have made specimens, I have produced ideas.
But what would happen if I make more time for creativity in my life?
What would happen if I start writing poetry again, if I start composing music again? I must admit that, since it has been so long ago, I have become afraid to do this. I have become afraid that I will not meet the standards that I used to have.
And I know that, since I haven't had practice for such a long time, I will not meet these standards. So I took the easy way and did not free up some time and space to let out this creativity.
Recently, I read somewhere that creativity is a habit you need to form.
I know this is true, since I used to just allow myself 20 minutes of writing time per day in which I learned to develop my poetry style. I used to save my saturday mornings to work through composing exercises.
Creating more time for creativity is one of my challenges for 2011.
I'm already curious to see how this will influence the creative thinking I need in my research.