Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Why Creativity Matters
I just finished up two of the longer term projects I was working on and was on Ravelry late last night, trying to find another project to use up yarn I already have - a bit of a struggle, if I'm being completely honest because ooh...the yarn. I should know better than to look at yarn. I'm not a big "stuff" person in general, but yarn is definitely my undoing. I looked up the type of yarn Ginny was using on her tunic and fell head over heels in love. I even showed my husband, who nodded absently, intentionally not giving me false hopes because yarn is not in the budget now nor will be for a long time. I knew this, but I cast one last longing look. Sigh. So pretty. So lovely. So completely unnecessary in light of the box of yarn in my closet. Instead I looked up other projects that use yarn I already have and settled in to make something that will be just fine.
That's really why creativity matters so much, why it's a component of life that should be nurtured in every child. It's the wiggle room that allows you to find another way, to make do, to be a problem solver instead of a box checker. There's trial and error and there's learning in creativity in ways that just going with the flow can never offer. It give you that little "can-do" spark even when things look bleak - and the potential to yield results better than you could have imagined.
I remember that when I click closed the tab on the Luna Fiber Arts webpage. Sometime maybe. But today, I think I'm going to figure out how to dye some of the bare cascade I already have. Maybe have the kids help me because learning how to make and do is one of my favorite parts of being a parent - and one of my favorite parts of being alive. Made in the image of the first ever Creative, it's a part of who I was created to be.
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