We all have those leisure activities that we look forward to doing whenever we have a spare minute. These activities can vary greatly from person to person and may even seem like a chore to some, but the most effortless pleasure to others. The types of activities I'm talking about, are the ones where we are able to actually create. The things that allow our minds to release their creativity in the form of manual physical work that leaves us with something to show. Painting, drawing, needle-work, writing, wood-working, gardening, cooking, the list goes on. Sometimes we don't even realize which creative work brings us the most joy, but it's an essential outlet in life that we all do develop.
A lot of these creative hobbies start out of curiosity, then we keep the ones we find pleasure, joy, and stress-relief in, and sometimes we even take them to the next level and make a living out of them. Even if these hobbies stay just that, as hobbies (or passions), it's so important that we have and nurture them throughout our lives. They become a constructive outlet to let all our inner beauty, thoughts, dreams, and creativity take form outside of our own heads, so they can become our unique gifts to the world.
I've always known what mine is and it's only become even more solidified in my mind these past few weeks. What is it? I'm sure you can guess. COOKING! The ultimate form of beauty, creativity, and manual work. How did I know and continue to nurture this passion of mine?
I know because it makes me feel whole, sane. It allows me to get outside of my head and create something that can be seen, shared, loved, and enjoyed. It makes me feel happy and excited, fulfilled and content. When I don't have it and that privilege, that outlet for my creativity is taken away, I feel pain. Physical and mental pain. All my imagination get blocked, I lose a "feel-good" stress-reliever, I become stuck and my creativity is cut off and imprisoned in the dark. The only key to freeing it, is by reigniting the passion by physically doing it.
So how do I continue to nurture this passion, this ultimate source of freeing creativity now? With every chance I get, I cook. Some days it isn't even fancy or a new recipe. Some days it is a classic favorite, but something that I've created with my two hands. Cooking is my time to be me and focus all my energies into something creative and freeing. It's the "art form" I am good at and I don't have to try (unlike drawing...not so good at that!). I get excited when I pick up new foods and ingredients. My mind feels "at home" when it's in the process of developing a new creation.
Gathering the ingredients, piling them all on the counter. Chopping, mincing, slicing, blending, rolling. The small physical actions that require my hands and manual labor. Adding a pinch of this, a splash of that. Never measuring, but using the "cook's eye". (Hopefully scribbling things down on the back of an envelope or receipt I find in the junk drawer). Then so anxiously waiting for things to cook or bake if need be. Smelling my creation, peeking at it, getting so excited for the final outcome. Then the reward of my creativity is taken to beautiful plates, with a few added garnishes. Pretty it up for some photos (or not). Then the creative work I've done is fully realized when I can taste the beauty and share my work with others. Pure bliss.
Cooking is pure joy and fun for me. My mom would disagree, many people would. They find cooking a chore and would never do it for pleasure. I have to cook to feel like myself. I actually enjoy the process of recipe creation, researching ingredients I've never used, what pairs best with this spice or that fruit. When someone strikes up a conversation with me about cooking, I could go on for hours (so make sure you're ready!). Through cuts, burns, failed recipes (or experiments), missing ingredients, I still never get disenchanted from the art. I always come back wanting to practice, learn, and COOK more. Losing this passion would be like losing myself.
That's why it's so important to really tune in to what your physical creative passion is. The hobby that requires you to use your hands and create something beautiful. These beautiful creations are manifestations of you and your inner-being, thoughts, and spirit. If you don't have that, your true self will only be muddled down, hidden, imprisoned from the world. That's not fair to you or society. It does physically hurt when we can't release our creative creations. If you're feeling hurt or stuck, like something is in the way, then you know that your creative passion is not being fulfilled. You need to seek it out and show yourself and the world what lies within!
So tell me:
+ Do you know what your creative passion/hobby is?
+ Has it changed? Have you always known?
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