Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: Having Fun is Serious Business
Do you take yourself too seriously? Have you forgotten how to have fun, let go, and be silly? Chances are if you feel stuck, uninspired, blocked, up against a wall, or like everything is just hard work and routine, you might have forgotten the spark of passion and joy you once had and the reason you started creating in the first place. Whether you’re a painter, writer, musician, sculptor, architect, chef, or even a stay-at-home mom or dad, entrepreneur, business exec, student, or in the service industry, you may experience those moments or long periods of drain and monotony because you somehow lost that spark.
How can you get it back?
By allowing yourself to be ridiculous sometimes.
Why is it that we’ve embraced the idea that masterpieces and success are born of suffering and torment alone?
It’s true that these emotional journeys take us to the darkest depths that create a rich overlay to our work by reaching into the shadows and bringing them to light.
But it’s overlooked how key having fun is to our process and that by inviting more uninhibited behaviors into our life, we will not only enjoy it more, but find our work igniting a new layer of imagination and possibility that will spark the same in others we touch through our work and interactions.
AND, we’ll look forward to it more each day, enjoy the journey, and find inspiration comes far easier to us.
Somewhere along the lines you were taught to believe that if you didn’t take everything seriously – including yourself – then you were wasting your time.
This begins to make everything, including the things you love, become a chore, you might have a hard time starting, and you find yourself pushing things off as much as you can.
What you love, you begin to avoid.
But what if you decided that you were going to be serious about having fun?
Meaning, fun was mandatory and needs to be woven into your day and process.
The less you worry and tighten your thoughts and feelings around how to create the perfect thing or be the perfect person at what you do, the more the perfect expression unfolds.
And we can invite this in more by engaging fun!
Whether you skip on your walk, sing in the shower, laugh at yourself, make up stories, entertain the ridiculous, allow yourself to be goofy, giggle at the little things, dance when the music moves you, throw some paint on a blank canvas you designate the “free zone,” play, take a day off, make up a story while you go through your process, and reconnect with why you started creating in the first place – what it means to you and how it makes you feel, you will find yourself opening up more to flow again, rediscovering your passion, and experiencing more sparkle in your life and work.
Going through the motions isn’t going to be sustainable and definitely is NOT why you were born here.
It may eventually, even, cut you off from doing the very thing you love because you lose the connection with your heart’s joy and trusting it.
Having fun is serious business.
It’s what creativity is all about and how you’ll discover infinite layers of imagination that will enrich all aspects of your life and work.
Balance is the key to life and while there is a time to be serious, there’s also a time for serious fun.
I’ve seen this shift my own experience with things. I mentioned this before, but I’ll expand a bit as it demonstrates the journey.
For example, my art has gone through a huge metamorphosis because of my “letting go.”
I used to create very VERY detailed, tight paintings and drawings that felt more like a soul pattern I was unconsciously falling under a spell with. They took me months sometimes to create and while it triggered remembrance of work I used to do in other lifetimes that felt good on one level, it also felt so grueling and was more like becoming numb to the idea of suffering through the process.
It took me a while to break the spell and wake up to the joy of painting again and having fun with it.
That I could actually paint what I wanted to and not what someone else told me to or that I thought I “should.”
That I could evoke feeling by pure expression, rather than meticulously thought-out and researched weaving of symbolism.
That I could simply paint what I saw in my heart and visions and not worry about being scrutinized for my technique.
In fact, I haven’t painted for several years, except for the Magick Stones I created on our Magick Bus RV adventure – yes Nature brought me back to the nature within.
And the creatures of the forest here keep reiterating this message to me daily, as I watch the squirrels and chipmunks – especially – outside my office door reflecting that perfect balance of work and play to create serious fun!
Little by little, my work evolved and will continue I’m sure.
And I find myself truly enjoying painting in all ways now, for the very first time.
Because I’ve allowed myself to have fun.
Pure, uninhibited fun with it.
And to paint what I love, alone, without any plan or mission.
I can’t tell you how quickly the ideas and implementation of bringing them about is going.
All because I remembered my “why” and surrendered to dancing in the fun of what it means to me to create – to be a child of the universe experiencing everything with wonder and sharing that wonder with you.
Posted on November 21, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged artist, creativity, fun, having fun with your art, human evolution, let go, painting, play more, tania marie, the artists corner, whimsical wednesdays. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.
Perfect words for me today!! Thank you ❤️🍄🐇
oh yay!! i’m glad to hear that ❤ you're welcome lisa!! here's to having more fun! 😉
This is what I am in the process of bringing into my life. I’ve always been a serious person, even as a small child. It’s interesting work re-discovering fun. (What a silly sentence, but perfectly illustrative of me…lol) I’m finding that the more fun I have, the better everything else in my life flows ❤
i love hearing that linette….it’s so true! the more fun and playfulness integrate into our lives, it really makes things SO different! i’m really happy to know you are experiencing more enrichment with everything. it really IS funny that we have to re-learn, re-member, re-discover….so many things. i started out very playful, but grew up fast and knocked a lot of it out of me, then re-connected with those parts once again too. the best thing i’ve ever done. sounds like you’re feeling much the same! ❤
I absolutely am! My husband is a huge help to me in finding the playful side of things again. Together, we go in search of our inner children regularly, and that makes it so much more fun ❤
oh that’s so wonderful!!! and so darn cute!! ❤
It is so necessary to have fun….way too under rated and is the reason one is living younger, healthier, stronger relationships and the list goes on and on….hugs
very very true sherry! thank you for chiming in…..weeeeeee! love and hugs
You sure look and sound like your having fun Tania! Kudos and thanks for the reminders! Life flows better when I remember to play and allow more spontaneity. 🙂
i really am brad 🙂 you’re welcome and thank YOU so much for sharing how this works for you too! on this day of gratitude i’d like to say how grateful i am that we’ve connected. you bring an extra bit of joy to my world and many others whom your poems and shares touch ❤
Thank you Tania. Your words are a balm to my heart on this Thanksgiving day. Happy Thanksgiving. 💜
aww ❤ you always have a way of saying things that touch the heart – at least mine for sure!
Yes! So nice to witness the easing of very old pressure and expectations. Synchronously, I was just reading Julia Cameron’s “The Vein of Gold” yesterday, and her beginning theme is essentially the same: “having fun is serious business.” In her case, she talks a lot about the importance of inviting and scheduling “play,” but definitely a parallel message about the link between creativity and playfulness. So glad you’re having so much fun! ❤
oh wow! that’s a big sync wink of her having the same exact theme! i definitely think that scheduling in the play would help if someone hasn’t any in their lives, to make it essential, realize and embrace its value, and eventually making it become natural again. thank you so much! i’m happy too to be able to enjoy my painting again and actually am giving it more of my time currently just to get a big flow of it going. ❤
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