Everyone Needs a Place to be Creative

The reason I keep this blog is so I have a place to write freely and creatively without having an outcome attached to it.

Having a blank page to express myself on is very important. Not just for me, but for everyone.

Butcher and Photography

I was texting back and forth with Josh yesterday. Josh is one of my best friends. He lives in Ohio.

Josh loves donuts. I mean he really loves them. A few years ago he told me that he was going to open up a donut shop in Ohio and I was not surprised at all. Dragon Donuts is now one of the most successful donut chains in the city of Columbus.

Yesterday he showed me his photography rig he created to take pictures of his product. My guess is that he is updating his website where people can order take out. When I saw it, it made me smile because Josh has always loved photography.

Josh has been practicing his photography and videography skills for some time. He’s getting really good and I know it makes him happy.

Over the years, he’s been able to find a space where he can be creative and and share his creativity with the world. In addition, he has a YouTube channel where he documents his Overlanding Adventures.

He has found a way to be creative. He takes amazing drone footage of the campgrounds he stays at, edits the videos perfectly to show the crazy trails they drive through, and narrates through the videos to keep the audience informed of the story.

I love it.

I have my blog. He has his YouTube channel.

What Do You Have?

I think a lot about how obsessed our culture is with work and success. I certainly play a role in this mindset. I believe whole heartedly in the importance of generating wealth for yourself and the importance of adopting individual responsibility in your life.

I’m perfectly content with working as much as I do.

But there is still something missing from that lifestyle, isn’t there?

We all need a place to freely express ourselves. This could manifest itself in lots of ways.

For instance…

  • My Muay Thai trainer expresses herself through Muay Thai. That is her art.

  • My annoyingly perfect neighbor expresses himself by cutting his grass every weekend and making my yard look terrible.

  • My dad expresses himself by tinkering and working on his Jeep.

Everyone needs something to focus on that isn’t directly related to success in life or in the workplace.

What is your outlet? What is your form of self expression?