Manifesto 7.4: Ageless Creativity by Sarah Bryan


We believe that now is the perfect time to start and that there is no end to the creative journey.

Why do people avoid pursuing creativity? Every person has their own individual reasons, but they all basically boils down to a sense of lack in one of three areas: resources, skills, and time. Of the three, time tops the list of creative barriers. Not only is there not enough time in the day, but, for many of us, it feels like there’s not a enough time left in life itself.

The story is so common, it’s practically a cliche. We want to be creative, maybe we even had great creative dreams growing up, but life changed our plans along the way. Choices were made, sacrifices were required, and the years pass by without our creative dreams ever quite taking shape. The dreams sit on the shelf, waiting for time to give a chance. After long enough, we start to wonder if those shelved dreams will ever see the light of day again.

If this sounds like you, I have good news: it’s not too late for your creativity. It’s never  too late. Time may have passed, but that doesn’t mean that your creative future has passed with it. The beauty of creativity is that time is not its enemy. Creativity isn’t date stamped like milk; it won’t curdle inside you after a few years of waiting. In fact, your creativity doesn’t even know how old you are. You could be 16 or 60, and your creativity would neither nor or care about the difference. Like an ageless sprite from old mythology, it’s just as fresh and ready today as it was the day you were born. It’s lively, talented, and ready to help you pursue all those dreams that have been waiting on the shelf.

Now for the challenging part. If your creativity doesn’t expire, you have no excuse to not use it. So, what will you do with this ageless creativity inside you? Will you finally take the dance lessons you’ve put off all those years? Maybe it’s time to start that novel, or build that boat, or go on that trip. . .the list could go on and on. Whatever it is, your creativity is ready for it, and ready to help you make it happen.

Sarah HeadshotSarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative hobbies; when she isn’t making art, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!