I decided to do these last two posts on self-evaluation a little differently than previously planned. Lets’ get right to the list of things I might want to tackle for this project and then next time I will try to prioritize and shorten the list down into something manageable.
Looking back on this phase of the project, part of my underlying problem goes back to something pretty typical of those of us in our senior years. We look back on where we have been and are just not satisfied with how it has gone. I could have done more. Is it too late to do that? We see and read stories of people who let creativity truly shine in their lives and wonder why I am not more like them? Yes, this is blatant envy. So, what do I really want? That is the deepest question for this self-evaluation series. This list will be a hodgepodge of thoughts so hang on. Next time I will try to make sense of the brainstorming.
1- I want to try to resurrect my sketching skills
I have pleasant memories of being able to draw in my youth. I just want to be able to draw something I see, even if it is from my mind’s eye and then stand back and be able to seriously look at it with a degree of pride.
2 – I want to write short stories
I know I am a prolific blogger who puts out thousands of words a week, but most of that is about things I have studied. I just want to let my mind take me to where it wants to go. I have always been a “Just the facts” type person so writing fiction is very foreign to me. I want to get over that! I know I will never be the short story writer that Jack London was; that is not my dream, but I would kinda like to write as he did.
3 – I want to write Verse
One of the saddest things for me personally is that I am no longer able to remember what musical instruments sound like. I can remember the cadence of songs but the melody evades me now. To satisfy my musical urgings, in an at least a limited way, I pull out the lyrics of many of my favorite songs and sing them to myself. I want to dig up some of my past and the lessons learned and put them to verse.
4 – I want to write a travel guide about the historical places in America
I have struggled with just how to get my photo portfolio into the public eye. I have tried several different routes with only limited success. I have thousands of pictures of places I have visited throughout America. I want to try and put together a possible ebook travel guide to sell on Amazon (proceeds donated a charity).
5 – I want to be proficient in Architectural Art
Even as a very young boy, I was fascinated with architecture. I can still draw the floorplans for all the houses I have lived in and that counts in the dozens. Looking back one of my favorite classes in my early college years was mechanical drawing. I know the drafting board and T-square don’t exist anymore but since I enjoy electronics I want to try my hand at things like two-point-perspective illustrations. I often say I should have been an architect instead of an engineer. I don’t think it is too late to show some creativity in that arena.
6 – I want to do something to Celebrate My Eccentricity
I have really never tried to just let my creativity run free. My artistic endeavors in this area don’t have to make sense or look like something real. I just want to celebrate my full eccentricity in an artistic mode. 🧐
7 – Create something that exists only in my Mind’s Eye.
When it gets down to the nuts & bolts, the essence of this project is basically to create something, anything, that is uniquely mine. Something that no one has seen or maybe even imagined. I don’t know what that is yet but I hope this one-year project will point me in that direction.
Closing It Out
I think seven is a lucky number so I will stop here. I will be thinking about this list in the coming week and try to wean it down to something manageable for this project. That will be a creative challenge in itself.
What areas might you be looking at to enhance your creativity?