Why don’t you satisfy your creative urges?
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Why don’t you satisfy your creative urges?

Highly sensitive people are naturally very creative. Why is it that many of us don’t take the time to utilize and enjoy this natural resource? Perhaps irrational inhibitions stifle our creativity. Maybe we lack confidence in our abilities, but how will we know what we’re capable of unless we try?

Creativity requires patience and a willingness to work towards your vision. You can’t wait for inspiration to happen. You have to just start writing, painting, or whatever other creative endeavour that you have. I’m a writer. My real writing comes from my re-writing. I put words to paper and redo some words that I’ve done. Simple isn’t it?

Fear of being judged is a major concern for many highly sensitive people. I understand that I open myself up to criticism when I put my writing out there, with my books, my blog, and social media posts. I’ve made peace with myself that I’m not perfect, and that everyone isn’t going to love what I write about. I do the best I can and whatever happens, happens.

Another barrier to creativity is distraction. Life often gets in the way of our creative activities, at least that’s what we tell ourselves. We think that we don’t have time for hobbies, but perhaps time isn’t the issue. Don’t we always find the time to eat and sleep? Could it just be that we don’t place a high priority things we enjoy? How about making the time to ignite your creativity? Surely it’s important to explore your talents and find your creative path!

Not long ago, someone left a thought-provoking comment about their creativity on my Facebook page:

I’ve spent most of my life thinking I was satisfying my creative urges, but finally realized they weren’t mine.

This comment struck a chord with me. Can you relate to this? How much self-exploration have you done in terms of how you want to be creative? Have you let others push you towards activities that you may be good at, but not necessarily inspired to do? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.


This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Well I think being a extrvort HSP is amazing. But have problems being creative because I sometimes don’t have the money or have a really hard time taking care of myself. I am too busy taking care of others

    1. Hi Debbie,

      Most HSPs are introverts. I’m not an extrovert, but I do have many introverted qualities. I don’t consider this a bad thing, it’s just who I am.

      You don’t need to have money to be creative. Just make the time to do do things that make you happy. I’m sure you can fit this into your busy schedule. You deserve some happiness in your life.

  2. I have been writing for a very long time, even though my learning disability has kept me from being “skilled”. I have been trying to heal with creative writing, fiction. I have been blogging more so lately.
    The non-HSP world have made it difficult for me to try getting anything published but I keep writing. I was even told the story I write is very good but my confidence keeps me back. I will continue to write even if it is just for myself. I am learning more about HSP and adding that knowledge to my writings. The hardest thing is besides learning and reading about HSP on line, I do know have anyone around to talk with.

    1. Hi Lori,

      You are a writer! You need to believe this. You can be a published writer if this is what you truly want. You can get help for anything.

      I want to encourage you to keep writing. The World needs what you have to say. To be in contact with other HSPs go to my Facebook page. Feel free to contact me for more information.

  3. Hi,

    I’m a sales and marketing manager for a flowmeter company family owned by analytical driver types. Horrible, heading for a crash. I am highly creative, play guitar and sing in a country bluegrass band. I have a deep passion for the African bush and love to travel. I have won prose composition awards and write my own music.
    The current problem is a huge debt burden, so I feel trapped in a destructive environment. What to do?

    1. Do what you need to do to take care of your finances. Make time to tap into your creative talents in your spare time. You don’t have to stop doing what you love to do. You never know where it will lead you.

  4. Hi Cliff,
    It’s been a year odd since your higgly constructive advice. I’ve somehow landed a very satisfying and quite well paid sunday afternoon gig in a gorgeous setting, with many wedding bookings coming up as a result. Money and music, wow! I suddenly hve self esteem and confidence. I believe in myself again. I just need to do it full time.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Craig,

      I’m thrilled that you’re doing so well! Please keep me posted on your progress!

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