Do you ever get the feeling that you’d like to do something fun or creative and you just can’t think of what that would be?
One of my favourite authors Gretchen Rubin in her Happiness Project recommends thinking about what you loved when you were 10 years old.
When I was 10 years old I loved drawing or making art, playing with LEGO, riding my bike, baking and reading. When I think about the things that make me feel more like myself as an adult the list is pretty much the same (maybe minus bike riding).
The difference now is that I will most often reject those same things as not a very productive use of my time. I’ve got a business to run, client projects to work on, endless washing and a toddler to take care of.
Watching my nearly 16 month old explore new activities like drawing and her ability to loose herself in the moment has challenged me not to worry about the time spent doing things like drawing (doodling) or reading for fun. Time spent on self-knowledge and rediscovering our original passions is surely a productive and worthwhile task. Letting myself get immersed in a ‘non-productive’ creative task has always been a good way to stir up new inspiration and ideas. The challenge will be to let go of my to do list momentarily to enjoy it and to find my LEGO.
I’d love to know what you loved doing when you were 10? Have you tried it lately?