I just finished having dinner with my friend Kendra and learned that there is a creativity challenge going on where participants commit to doing something creative every day for the month of June. For Kendra’s husband Jeff, the artist, he and his friends typically draw a comic a day (or they have in the past) (Psst – You can follow his current, non-daily comic The Machinators here).
Since I love a good creative challenge, I immediately latched onto the idea and began to develop a plan of attack by panicking and whining loudly. See, I’m one of those super right-brained people. I find beauty in math and science. Why did I love playing in orchestra for years? Because it’s math with rhythm. For instance take today, Day 1 of this challenge. I looked back at what I had accomplished and it basically involved chores, the grocery store and making a cake… out of a box. I like things in boxes – you just add a few more things and voila! Instant whatever! This is why I surround myself with friends who do things like cook, take photographs, write, whatever – I’m their number one non-creative fan.
Kendra suggested a photo a day or maybe a haiku. I threw out a blog a day and then thought about my friends and family and other readers dropping me before we even reached Day 7. Don’t leave me!!
I thought about telling a story from various years in my life, Kendra offered up the idea of birthday stories. I threw up a whiney roadblock – you see, I’ve heard most people can remember their birthdays, but the problem is that I was born on Christmas Day and really, unless we’re talking about the last 13 years or so when I’ve thrown myself parties, I really didn’t have many that were particularly distinct from Christmas. I know, it’s sad. (Not really.)
So, maybe I can compromise. I will try to do something creative each day and will post it here. I will TRY to keep it short and maybe some of those days you’ll actually get a haiku or possibly a photo. Try to bear with me and please remember a very important fact: This is all Kendra’s fault.