There is something common among all creatively-driven people. I have found it exists among the painter, the writer, the sketcher, the dancer, gardener, welder, photographer, sculptor, knitter, musician, and scrapbooker, to name a few.
Jillian Michaels uses it as she helps people battle obesity. Bode Miller feels it as he straps on his skis. I'm sure Martha Stewart sighs in satisfaction with her possession of it as she pulls together the perfect summer picnic.
Is 'it' perfection at their skill? Possibly--but not wholly.
Is 'it' pride at being among the best in the world at what they do? Maybe a little.
What could 'it' be?
Drive. Drive and passion--they go hand-in-hand.
Drive sounds like such a common thing--but is it really? What binds us to our passion and keeps us working at it when we feel we fall short? What keeps us at it when we succeed? I've pondered this a lot until I came to this realization: because we're children of God.
It hit me not long ago that the drive to explore our passions is actually a spiritual desire. The journey to becoming like God is an integral part of us. He created us, our world, everything we have and create with. Many of us have the goal to become like our Heavenly Father. We are made in His image, and part of that is the drive, the passion to create like He did--like He does.
It is never a selfish thing to make time to work on those things that interest us. It is never a bad thing to learn something new, as long as our and our family's needs are met--and by met, I don't mean running ourselves ragged to give them every single thing they wish and desire.
It is a worthy, god-like attribute to work on those talents the Lord has blessed us with. Not only should we try not to feel guilty in pursuing those things that feed our spirits, we should actively seek them out.
Hobbies and interests we delight in help to stave off depression--whether it's stamp collecting or going on nature walks. If we don't feed our bodies or give them water, they will suffer. If we don't feed our spirits, they will too. If you believe in God, you would most likely agree that it's important to read scripture, pray, and do good to others. However, I think sometimes it's easy to deprive ourselves of our interests and passions because of the fear of not being good enough. Satan uses our fears to keep us depressed and unhappy. We may not be good enough to water ski barefoot--but if we never try, how will we know it's time to dream about something else?
Sometimes we find that it's easy to deprive our souls. Why? Because it feels so good to express ourselves that there has to be something bad about it. When I don't feed my spirit by expressing myself creatively, I suffer. I don't think about it much, but the absence of something is definitely noticeable. My family suffers, my whole outlook on life is affected.
When I make time to do some of the things I love, my soul benefits. Everyone around me does too, because creating something helps me love myself.
Finding my passions and exploring them with drive and creativity also helps me consume less chocolate.
As Martha would undoubtedly say, that's a good thing.