Why creating something is my favourite thing to do

We live in an era where distractions present themselves at the click of a button. Social media, video on demand — you name it. It’s not hard to see why ‘screen time’ has become a buzzword for parents. While we spent our childhood running around in the park, kids these days are spending not quite enough doing the same.

Of course, it’s not just the kids. Us adults too partake in the same. It’s just way to tempting to scroll through that feed one more time rather than do something that takes an effort.

As someone who has also fallen deep into this cycle of consumption, I decided to change some things in my life last year to create more and consume less.

I took up my long lost dream of playing an instrument

Like almost every other teenager, I also dreamed of playing the guitar. However, I gave up after a few classes of not being able to ‘get’ it. Late last year, I decided to pick up the instrument once more and just start practicing for half an hour each day. Days turned to months and frustrating out-of-tune strums finally turned into playing chords that people could actually recognise when they hear it. It felt amazing and was my motivation to continue creating.

I started reading more

I was that kid who spent their entire summer vacations reading any and every children’s book available in the library. Somewhere along the line, I stopped reading books and started watching more series.

This year I decided to change that and started reading more. Though it may seem like reading is not creating per se, it creates tranquility like nothing else can do. And it has also prompted my urge to write more.

While my instinct earlier used to be open Instagram and scroll through the feed, I try and open the Kindle app more often now. And while I am nowhere close to how much I would like to read, it’s a start.

I found a new hobby

A chance encounter with a pottery studio in the mountains made me realise how soothing it can be to work on the wheel. Back home, I immediately set out to find a place to learn it. I was quite surprised when the teacher said I was a natural at it. While the backdrop of the mountains was something I missed, it felt like home. It reminded me of a quote by George Bernard Shaw:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

And so began my love affair with clay.

Now I try and spend a couple of hours each week creating something I love. Because there is no greater joy.

Props to Darius Foroux for the inspiration to pen down this post and Joylita whose 52+ books per year track record inspired me to start reading again.