Sunday, June 15, 2014

Can I Have My Crayons Back?

I came across this wisdom in my quote feed from Goodreads:

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.” — Hugh MacLeod 

When I think of what I enjoy most when I'm "off the clock," it is all about creativity.  This has been a passionate thread throughout my life...even in my career interest tests it would always be the same: "Well suited for the creative arts."

But it seemed like I ventured safer pathways where a salary was guaranteed.  I've done well.

But looking back it seems if I was not involved in something creative, I was not really living.  These feelings came from the heart of a girl who could draw Fred and Wilma Flintstone perfectly when I was in Kindergarten.

I created music through singing and playing instruments. I created clothing for myself and my children.  I created a nurturing home through decorating.  I created cuisine through cooking.

But there have been times when the well was so dry that there was nothing to tap into creatively...

I was just starting my work in pediatric palliative care.  It is demanding work.  Then six weeks in, my father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, dying six months later.  The loss hit me hard and I'll spare you the details of my grieving.

I had bought my first DSLR as a "congratulations on your new job" around my birthday but had not done much with it.  The next summer I picked it up and began getting to know it.

And an amazing thing happened...healing began.

Creativity was no longer fluff or is part of my restoration and renewal through the challenges of life.  A lifesaver, so to speak.

Now...pass the crayons!


  1. Each one of these are little masterpieces Denise. I love the wood siding as a backdrop.

  2. Intriguing how the look changes as the perspective changes. True creativity.

  3. Beautiful! Photos and words.

  4. The photo's are beautiful...the red vase is stunning...and the story, touching...I picked up a camera for the very first time when my younger brother was dying...and the following year I picked it up again when my Mom was dying...I don't put it down much anymore..Have a beautiful all the quotes that match the photo's.

  5. we do create in so many different ways, in anything that we are passionate about.

  6. These images show what a beautiful artist you are! I love the different perspectives and I really love the book and bottle! That book is perfect with your words!

  7. Such encouraging words, Denise. Thank you


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