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Having creative outlets is important for good mental health but many of us reach adulthood feeling guilty about time spent on pleasurable activities.
There are many depressed and anxious people who could find some relief by putting their guilt aside and enjoying a hobby or avocation.
Humans have an itch to explore their curiosity, inventiveness, and express the things that stir their joy. We can apply creative thinking to anything we do but nothing substitutes for the expansiveness generated when creative instincts are let loose on our interests.
The Western culture has created a powerful link between being productive and financial survival or success. There is nothing wrong with having success to satisfy our needs and wants. The problem is with limiting the definition of productivity to material, bankable gains.
Many of us stop pursuing avocations when we realize they will not generate a living income; our creativity becomes a waste of time. We also ignore our talents because we fear our best will not be as great as we hoped, or that our efforts will never match up to those of others.
Another common creative hangup is thinking our talents are only worthy if they lead to fame or change the world in a big way. No wonder we get depressed. In our society it takes courage and determination to enjoy creative outlets simply to enjoy them.
It makes sense to follow our interests, talents, and creative juices. Those things are so much a part of us that stress is generated by not giving them time and attention. They may be within to guide us, to help us navigate throughout our lives; by denying their expression it follows that we will feel lost.
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, an poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself." ~ Abraham Maslow
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