WARNING: RAMBLINGS AHEAD!
I spend a lot of my time ‘exploring creativity’. Partly, it’s because I love to learn new skills and partly it’s down to the fact that I hate depending on people for things that I could do myself. Don’t get me wrong – in no way do I condone going it alone. I believe it’s vital for a leader of any capacity to have an acute awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses, but I want to have a basic understanding of many areas in order to be able to better relate to the people that I do need help from…rather than asking them for assistance with the more simple tasks that don’t require such expertise. In the past three years I’ve spent time learning graphic design, basic html/css, motion graphics, audio production, how to blog and a few other random bits and pieces alongside my degree. It’s a bit of a learning addiction…and it’s actually drawing me away from my focus.
Yesterday I remembered that first and foremost, I’m a musician. More specifically, I’m a guitarist. (Disclaimer: first and foremost I’m a child of God, but as far as my gifting goes, I’m a musician)
I live in a world where the majority of my time is taken up talking about, playing, teaching or writing music. When music is your job, it can be incredibly easy to take it for granted. My attention has turned to other avenues of creativity but when it all comes down to it, I need to champion my strengths rather than belittling them out of boredom and familiarity. I love to teach guitar. I love to compose music. Why am I looking at so many different expressions of creativity when I could focus on doing something I’m pretty good at?!