So, not really on top of the whole blogging thing…but I promise I have been better about discipline! And on that note, I did something a little bit crazy yesterday. I got rid of something that has caused me to struggle with discipline for months, although that wasn’t actually my reason for doing so. I didn’t even spend much time thinking about it or dreading the action, it was done in a whim-like, excited state of mind. I deactivated my Pintrest account. Now, if you know me, you know this is a big deal. I REALLY like Pintrest. I, Julia, who could spend hours scrolling, dreaming, planning, and scheming on Pintrest, have deactivated my account. My reasoning? There were two big reasons.
First, my brother recently went on a mission trip to a rather poor area of Peru. One of the things he talked about when coming back (which was actually not the first time I heard the discussion) was the way TV has contributed to more unhappy people in these poor areas of the world. The idea is that people who did not know any other way of life, were satisfied with what they had (I am talking a roof over your head but still struggling kind of poverty, not destitute). They often struggle, but people in moderate levels of poverty were simply happy with what they had. With the introduction of TV came an introduction to a whole new style of living, in which even “poor” people can afford an apartment (like in 2 Broke Girls) and their poverty is a source of humor. What these people were previously satisfied with suddenly seems to be not enough, and they feel in order to be happy they need to achieve this American way of living. There was also a study done on women who have TV and their perceptions of their own beauty. With the introduction of the TV many women have started to think of themselves as ugly and believe they would be beautiful if they were white. So how does all this relate to Pintrest? To spend time on Pintrest is to spend time scrolling through pictures, looking for things you don’t have that you want. Whether it be clothes, homes, a wedding (about which I have other very strong opinions), even horses or vacations. Using Pintrest to research for a project in your home so easily becomes a parade of all the things you never knew you were missing (because you weren’t actually missing them, until you saw them). Please understand, I do believe it is possible to use Pintrest prudently, without intending to create a dream life that you don’t actually live while becoming more and more dissatisfied with your own. I also believe to do so is incredibly difficult.
That alone, however, wasn’t enough for me to give up on Pintrest. What was? I recently started reading a new magazine called Darling (which I HIGHLY recommend), in which I read an article on creativity, and was captivated by a quote.
“Yes, the world is turning. Yes, the air is alive. Yes, to be static is an illusion, and yes, to be creative is our calling.” –Katie Horwitch
Ah, can you feel the beauty in those words?!?! They were a breath of fresh air in what I suddenly realized felt like a deadened sense of creativity! To be creative is our calling! (If you don’t think of yourself as creative, don’t get nervous, I’ll explain in a sec). To be creative is our calling! Not to imitate the creativity of others. Yes, you can find things on Pintrest that will help you to create something, and adding your own flair is creative. But my own personal use of Pintrest was trying to imitate the creativity of others and pass it off as my own. I wanted so badly to be thought of as “creative and crafty” that I was grasping for as much Pinspiration as possible. What I realized in reading this, was that more than my pride desired to be thought of as creative, my heart wanted something different. It wanted to look around, see beautiful things, let the beauty soak into my bones, let something strike my heart, and let my desire to share that with others be where my creativity flows from. In constantly trying to prove I could be crafty like Pintrest I was simply producing crafts. I wasn’t being creative. In fact as I read, I kinda felt like I had actually spent the last months stifling my own unique creative juices. So I deactivated.
This article discussed how each one of us has natural abilities in different creative categories. Everything from oil painting to boardroom management style counts. Even this little burst has reminded me of how much I love to write, how that is one of my own creative strengths. Pintrest, in this case, I guess could be credited with helping me realize that, but from now on I plan to let it be the beauty around me that inspires me.
As a final word, I am going to share Katie Horwitch’s advice for when you aren’t feeling creative. “Remember: You still have it…Do not settle for murky water in your creative well just for the sake of filling it with something. Redefine: It’s not what you think…Your originality of thought and your willingness to bring it with you wherever you go, is what holds the power of creating… Retreat: Go to your source…A walk…calling a friend or taking a 10 minute nap…When you get into your source for even a few minutes, your creative self feels safe and supported.” Did I mention I HIGHLY recommend Darling magazine?
Check it out at darlingmagazine.org