Updated: Jun 26, 2019
This blog is a brand new element on the Wild Learning website. It's a space where I plan to share thoughts, ideas and information about a topic I'm obsessed with: how creativity improves both individual and community life.
Creativity heals; it soothes and invigorates and expresses and releases and clarifies and supports and calms and awakenes and opens and feeds and rests and stretches and gives peace to our minds and emotions.
Creativity is the opposite to our modern day obsession with consuming data. We soak up more useful and useless words, ideas, images and videos than ever before and our brains are exhausted.
It's like when you go to the shop for milk and think 'I don't need a trolley' and suddenly your arms and shoulders are aching because that small plastic basket is actually full of milk...and potatoes, rice, washing powder, cat food and half price lip gloss and bounty bars.
Which you only just remembered you actually needed too.
Then you put the basket down. Your arms release the weight and the muscles hum. Your spine uncurls and you spring back upright.
You put the kettle on to make tea and rest for a moment while it boils.
Then you make the tea just how you like it. With a slice of lemon and a dash of cold water. Tea bag in but not jiggled, cup gently swirled on the counter, don't spill a drop.
And that first sip is perfect, because you made it exactly how you needed it to be. YOU made it.
That's what creativity does for us when we weave it into daily life. It's the moments when we put down the basket of things weave been collecting and carrying around and make tea for the soul just the way we need it.
So go and make tea now, make it just how you like it and pause to really enjoy it!