Personal Growth

Discovering Your Creative Niche In Life

As we age, many of the creative ventures that we used to be take part of no longer excites us and it can be exhausting to find new ones to fill the void. However, there are ways we can help ourselves to discover a whole new world of creative niches.

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”

Madonna

When your age climbs, you will discover that some of the things in your life will begin to change course and wander endlessly until they are given directions as to where to go next. For example, you are moving into your own home, on the hunt for a job that allows you to spend more time with your wife, and when you are not at work, you are starting to notice that perhaps the clubs and societies that you were once part of no longer captivate you. Looking for a new hobby or passion can be tiring; you feel like you are back to where you started, with no progress having been made, and you do not have an idea what the next step is.

If that feeling sounds familiar to you, chances are, you too are struggling to unearth your new creative niche. But, fret not, here are three ways to help you get going:

1. Put your personality under the microscope

Before you do anything, be fully aware of what you are about to get yourself into regarding this, unless you are a risk-taker. For example, if you are a shy person, you would not want to throw yourself into situations where you must address a large audience or keep up with social interactions. Hence, think about what type of person and how risk-averse you are. If you are a person who likes to chat endlessly, you can pick up a hobby that allows you to mingle with other people from within your own or outside your community. If you want to chase after something independently, explore avenues that do not require much external assistance, such as drawing.

2. Budget, budget, budget.

Being a twentysomething means you have the time and energy, but not money, to pursue your dreams unless you have a golden lottery ticket or you inherited your parents’ enormous financial wealth. In other words, if you are a regular twentysomething, you do not possess a large pool of savings to invest into your new hobby or passion, so consider what you are attempting to jump into. Does this newfound creative hobby of yours require lots of practice time? Will you need to take online courses for it? You can save your money by searching for online coupon sites for discounts. Moreover, you can drop by a local arts and crafts studio, which may offer you a chance to attend the first class free of charge to see if you are genuinely interested in the course. If the hobby is physically intensive, it is worth approaching local fitness clubs to see if any one of them offer classes or practices that do not require you to spend a single cent on the first go.

3. How much time are you willing to commit to it?

The answer to this question determines how long you will keep going at it. If you do not have time for your newfound creative venture, then it is going to be challenging to commit yourself to it for an extensive period of time. Therefore, when you are contemplating trying something new, be mindful of your current timetable. It does not take much to convey how much time you have for something. However, think whether the goal you have set for yourself and the time you have allocated for it are realistic or not. No one wants to be overwhelmed, and if you are feeling so when attempting something different, you will probably give up soon after you hit the start button. Hence, the next time you sign up for a fitness class, have a mindset that it is supposed to be a lifestyle, not an obligation.


Final 2¢: Another thing.

Do it for yourself – I cannot stress this enough. It is great that you and your best friend may share the same love for skydiving, or you want to share the love for that passion with a family member. However, never feel like you have to dedicate yourself to a hobby just because someone else forces you to commit to it. Whatever you do, be sure that it matches your interests and keeps you enthusiastic because ultimately, you will be content that you invested your resources that way.

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