Lots of people spend their entire life working a job they dislike, praying for the weekend to arrive earlier, so they can race home and enjoy their “real” life.
These same people can’t wait to retire so they can do….nothing.
Most of these people spend their work days solving problems…and they are good at it. It keeps them busy, fills up their day, and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
But problem solving, by its very nature, is draining and exhausting. You spend your energy trying to make something go away.
Creators, on the other hand, bring something into being that didn’t exist before.
Build something out of nothing.
Who are the creators in our society? Artists, writers, inventors, and….entrepreneurs.
How often do you hear of one of them “retiring?” Hardly ever.
Many of them work right up until their death. Some of them even did their best work well into their eighties and nineties.
Creators don’t retire because they don’t need to – they are not exhausted.
Creating things is energizing.
As a Naval Officer, I spent twenty years earning a paycheck and, believe me, I loved it when payday rolled around. I am eternally grateful for that experience as it taught me how to work hard, how to be a follower and leader, how to learn, and what type of leader I wanted to be.
But as a woman in business for myself, it was creating, and creating something for me and my family, that taught me how to push myself beyond my limits.
And it is creativity that drives me to want to create even more. I can’t imagine not working now – I can’t even conceive of a retirement that doesn’t let me build, grow, stretch, and birth new ideas int existence.
Regardless of what you do for a living, create something.
Write, build, invent, paint, experiment, blend, try, explore, sculpt, speak, stitch, plant, bake, and produce something meaningful simply because you have brought it to life.
Dwell in creativity.
Bring something into existence that was never here before. You’ll feel a spark and that spark might just ignite the fire you’ve been looking for.