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Caring for Our Creative Spark

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

-Robin Williams

Creativity and madness can be closely linked. Vincent Van Gogh’s life is a prime example of this interconnected nature. He was viewed as a drunkard, insane, and altogether a blight on many people’s lives.

What is Our Creative Spark?

If you have any creative tendencies I think you can intuit what I’m talking about, but I’m going to try to place it into words.

Nurturing our Spark

If we’re not feeding the spark then there’s a chance that it’ll eventually go out entirely.

Take Care of Ourselves

We often underestimate how valuable our health is. Especially if we are young, it is less likely that we’ve experienced severe illness or what it feels like to have our health taken away. What is common is taken for granted, and in youth, our health is comparatively abundant.

Guard our Minds

Tending to our minds is more than just ensuring we’re maintaining our mental health. Our brains are easily influenced and malleable. While this is good for our work, it can also be a burden.

Regularly Practice Our Craft

When we take steps towards making the ideas in our head a reality, we’re doing one of the best things for our creative spark. It should come as no surprise that one of the best ways to take care of our spark is to use it!

Wrapping Up

Creative sparks are both a wonderful gift and immense responsibility.

I’m a nonprofit professional who’s deeply passionate about effective learning, self improvement, and chasing my curiosity wherever it leads.