I had a spring in my step this morning. I felt energized and enthusiastic like I hadn't felt in a long time. The reason - I attended my first few drawing class this week. I signed up for a course at Mission College, a community college in the area where I live. The first thing our professor talked to us about was how to hold a pencil. I never knew the grip should be different when you write and when you draw - and the learning begins!
As I was driving home after having bought my new art supplies, I realized how great I felt. I had the same feeling after attending my first cooking class and after I finished my first sewing project. It is always great when you actually use the skills you've learned successfully, but I think that feeling of accomplishment is just the icing on the cake. The cake is expanding your mind to learn new things - to feel that childlike wonder again.
So my recommendation to everyone out there who has the time, money and classes available - find something - anything that you are interested in and take a class. I am not saying that you can't learn things yourself or by reading books. Everything I know about interior decor is self-taught. However, there is something that happens in the collaborative setting of a classroom. I don't know if its the energy or just meeting people with common interests, but it feels great. All of these classes I've taken have been after work (6 pm to 9pm or even as late as 7pm to 10pm). It may seem like too much to take on, but after a long day at the office, they really help me take my mind off things and focus on something completely unrelated to my area of work. I actually find them relaxing :).
There are many ways to keep the creative spark alive inside you. I thought I'd share the one that has worked really well for me - taking classes. You will surprise yourself at what you can create with just a little guidance. There is a world of things to learn and people who are willing to share their knowledge with you - make the most of it!
Some links to courses you can take in the area where I live -
World Chefs International - I love Suzanne's class. The classes are fun and educational and most importantly - her recipes are easy to try out at home even for beginner cooks.