Have you ever dreamed of becoming an artist, author, writer, actor, or even a street performer? Many people have always wanted to pursue a creative outlet but instead spent their lives working noncreative jobs in the real world. Midlife and beyond is the perfect time to discover your creativity and pursue what you are passionate about.
Everyone has glimmers of creativity no matter what type of personality you are. You may have a secret yearning that’s longing to be fulfilled, but don’t think you have what it takes to become a success at it.
My advice: It’s never too late to discover your creativity.
Take Grandma Moses. She didn’t think she could paint until she was 78 years old. After giving it a try, she ended up producing fabulous masterpieces and became famous.
My podcast partner, Dr. Sharone Rosen, and I interviewed Lee Gale Gruen on our podcast. Lee had worked for 37 years as a probation officer. Twelve years after she retired, she began a successful career as an actress, blogger, author, and volunteer. It’s an amazing and inspiring story. To listen in, click here.
The nice thing about having a long career in your younger years is that you don’t have to worry so much about funding your new venture. You may have retirement income, a pension, or Social Security that will allow you to nurture whatever floats your boat without too much stress.
Discover your creativity and use it to pursue your dream or passion
Don’t wait until you think the time is right or it will never happen.
We all want the rest of our lives to be fulfilling. It’s a death sentence to sit around twiddling your thumbs. An important key to longevity is to always stay active and involved. The minute you check out of life, it checks you out. Don’t stagnate.
Lee Gale was able to fuel her creative side by taking a scene study class at a local college. She always felt anxious speaking in front of a group in the past and thought the class was just about studying plays. After being asked to read a scene on stage with her professor, she realized she was an actress at heart and was hooked.
She brought her 85-year-old father along to the acting class and they attended for 3 years. After he passed away, she wrote a memoir called Adventures With Dad: A Father & Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class and began going on book promotion tours as a guest speaker. After a lifetime of working for someone else, she became a creative entrepreneur.
My sister in law is a practicing dentist in Sonoma, California. Every holiday season she creates a beautiful floral watercolor card that she paints herself and sends out to friends, family, and patients. She has quite an amazing talent as an artist and takes classes to constantly improves her artistic skills. Painting is relaxing and fulfilling for her.
There is a multitude of ways to discover your creativity. Start a journal, blog, travel, paint a plate, redesign a house, style clothes, create gorgeous appetizers, take videos or photographs, quilt, put on events, write a book, research family trees, plant a garden, or act in a play. The possibilities are endless. Heck, if you’re really daring, you could pose nude as an artist’s model just for the fun of it
Finding your joy, passion, or helping others to make a difference in the world keeps you alive and alert.
Volunteering to help others is also a way to not only be creative but to change the world, even in a tiny way, for the better. You may enjoy becoming a docent or tour guide at a museum, park, or monument. If you aren’t comfortable dealing with people directly, volunteer behind the scenes. Catalog dinosaur bones, organize shelves, clean up a roadside, stuff goodie bags, dish out soup in a soup kitchen, or paint fingernails.
You may know where your talents lie or not. If not, I recommend looking at a community college catalog and taking a class that intrigues and challenges you. Lee Gale chose a scene study class, but you may want to try floral design or build robots. There may also be classes or workshops available at your local park, library, or community center. If it gets you even mildly excited, sign up and give it a try.
I challenge you to discover your creativity. What are you going to pursue? Please leave a comment below.