I was thinking about what to say in today’s blog post, and looking back at my life, I realized something very important. Most people with chronic illness or disability probably don’t realize it, but living with one or both requires a great deal of creativity. If we can’t do something in the “normal” way, we have to step back and figure out a new way to do it. Some days even getting out of bed takes creativity. If our bodies are stiff or in pain, we can’t just spring out of bed and face the day. If we’re too tired to put one foot in front of the other, we can’t do everything our temporarily able-bodied friends and colleagues do–at least not in exactly the same way.
We make accommodations for ourselves as we move through our days. Accommodations are simply creative solutions to address problems that arise in our everyday lives. We generally talk about them in connection with the workplace. If you can figure out a new way to do something that needs to be done, you have what it takes to be creative. You may not have found your way of showing it, but you have it. It’s God-given.
Think about something you can do that will help you get in touch with this creativity. If you’re like me and cringe every time you see something you draw, please don’t give up. Write. Collage. Sing. It doesn’t matter what you do. It doesn’t even matter if it’s good. But don’t let lack of ability in one medium stop you. Finger paint. I’m telling you to just have fun and see what comes up for you. Remember what it feels like to be a child in kindergarten. Creativity is play. Don’t take it or yourself too seriously. Whee!