Time is a strange thing. It is simultaneously abundant and scarce, depending on how we use it. As I look ahead at the new decade of my life that beckons, I also look back. In doing so, I find so many things that I can learn from.

February is generally the shortest month of the year, but for me, this year, it appears to be abundantly long. It’s only the 15th, but already I have so many lessons. I won’t share most of them now but will save them for my gratitude post at the end of the month.

Why write this post then?

I know. I do, believe me. We have enough content out there already. Why add to the flurry of articles, posts, blogs when you can pull back, introspect and reflect on what you know? Perhaps because, for me, this space is one where I come to be at peace with myself.

My other blog, my first blog, is my first love. While I love it energetically and enthusiastically, I am also overly attached to it. If something were to happen to it, I would be devastated. I’d pick myself up, of course, like I usually do. But I would take a long time to recover.

Conversely, this blog has become my zone of comfort. It’s like that trusted friend and older child whom I can confide in, without fear of judgment. We need more of those in the current climate, where everything you say can and will be dissected, argued upon and possibly debated at length.

Sometimes, you just need to slow down, smell the roses, write or blog because it makes you feel happy.Β For me, this blog fulfills that purpose.

Coming back to the subject of the post, I was talking about time and its presence in our lives. With two months to turning 40, I reflect long and hard upon the previous decade. How much I have learnt to come to grips with, it’s incredible.

While on the one hand, I have the best friends and supporters, I also have harsh critics of what I choose to do. While I came to terms with the idea of being a mother, I also had to face the decision of deciding to go back to work. It’s also with some trepidation that I face the question of mortality, not so much my own, but that of the loved ones in my life. Photos show me images from a decade ago, when faces looked younger, smiles seemed brighter and life seemed easier.

And with each passing moment, I know that we are moving on this carousel that never stops. Every step we take, every decision we make moves us forward on a path of our choosing.

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I met with a friend today and we had a long, long chat on so many things, primarily about blogging, but also related to friendships, expectations, growth and moving on. We spoke about change and how it inserts itself in our lives, without our even realising it.

The one thing that we kept circling back to, however, was that we need to do what we love. You will always have critics. You will always find naysayers. But what matters is if you enjoy doing what you do.

And here’s the interesting bit:

When you do something you enjoy, time appears abundant.

Think about it. If you are a voracious reader, you find that you are able to read 5 books a week while others struggle to finish even one in a month. If you’re an artist, like this incredible woman I know, you will create a piece of complex Zentangle art every single day! Most others would take a week to do anything of that magnitude. If you’re a painter, you will gladly set everything else aside and lose yourself in the colours that come alive on your canvas.


Because you are doing work that fulfills you. It speaks to your soul.

Time knows this and it co-operates with your subconscious to enable it.

It took me a while to say this to myself, but I was co-incidentally reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert this morning and this passage leaped out at me:

Defending yourself as a creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent. Stand up tall and say it aloud, whatever it is:

I’m a writer.

And nobody needs to tell you what it is that you love. On a day when everything is still, without and within, and you’re receptive, the thought will manifest and you will hear it, loud and clear.

Today, when I write or blog, I feel alive. I do it because, somewhere deep inside, I just know that this is what I have always wanted to do. And when it comes to creative work like writing or blogging, time expands like a rubber band.

As the days unfold, I look forward to the new decade with a mixture of confidence and discovery. When all is said and done, my creativity exists because I allow it free rein. And Time helps it along by making itself abundantly available to me.

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Linking up with Shantala at her Chatty Blogs link up for February

16 thoughts on “Time and its role in creativity

  1. Over the last few months, I have become very conscious of how I spend my time, and it has changed things pretty drastically for me – in a positive way of-course. And I have realized the same thing that you mentioned, time is supposed to be a fixed entity in terms of quantity, but our perception changes depending on how we are utilizing it.

  2. It was so nice discussing everything under the sun with you. I always believe that one should only do things that one loves. The job you love, the hobbies you love etc.

    As soon as you fall in love with something, you automatically start making time for it. It’s only natural. You couldn’t have said it more beautifully!

  3. Thank you so much, Nats! I know life has been very demanding for you, lately. Don’t apologise for it. You’re right, though. We need to do the things that nourish our soul. Every day. You will love the book. Please pick it up πŸ™‚ Thank you for being so supportive, Nats. Much love to you.

  4. As always I love reading your blog posts, Shy. They speak to me and that too with so much clarity and synchronicity. I have not been able to blog as regularly offlate and now gearing up to make time for it. And I can’t wait to, as that’s what nourishes my soul and my being,
    I saw that Elizabeth Gilbert book the other day in a bookstore. Now that you write about it, I got to pick it up soon.
    Thank you for your words, Shy <3 They inspire and they resonate.

  5. I could not agree more Shailaja. The truth that I learnt over these past few years (let’s say 5) is that if you like doing something you will find time for it. Whether it is workout or blogging. You have to love it to do it and like you rightly said, it fulfills you.
    As always, a great post and a timely reminder to continue doing what we enjoy.

  6. This is such a beautiful post. It reminds me of a mantra that’s been in the forefront of my mind this year, and that is “I always have time for the things I enjoy” (which I’m now seeing obsessivemom mentioned above). I’ve been baking more, I’ve been writing almost every day, and I’ve been reading much more (which is beneficial to my soul and my book blog), and it’s not that I’ve never had time to do those things, it’s just that I felt guilty prioritizing them over staying at work an extra hour or making sure the dishes were done every night. Guess what – I’m happier! And the dishes still get done almost every night… πŸ˜‰ Thank you for these words.

  7. What I liked about this post is how it focuses on the ‘I’. While we all crave for validation or recognition of our choices, it is eventually ourselves that we must satisfy first and foremost. I think that is the biggest change I have seen in myself over the past decade. I am more confident of my choices and priorities. Yes, hurtful things still sting. We are human. But I don’t dwell on them for more time. And that I believe is the right approach. Make time for the things that matter and the people who matter. Rest are good to have. I find myself smiling and laughing more. I know you are doing the same too. Keep rocking the journey!

  8. That is so true, Mam. When I had a career in IT with 24/7 shifts, I used to be regular on both my blogs. But now that I have abundant time in hand, I am unable to get into a routine. I wish I could make the best use of the time I have in hand. Love that quote there!

  9. But that’s the whole idea! It doesn’t have to be worthwhile to anyone else but you. πŸ™‚ You should read the book by Elizabeth Gilbert. You’d really be able to relate to it. The uncertainty the agony, the ecstasy of being a creative artist. I’ve let go, Shilpa. I blog because I enjoy it. I write because it makes me feel incredibly blessed. Nothing else matters. Nobody else matters. I’m so content to be in this space.

  10. You are right! Every such activity we love, or are passionate about, helps us in enjoying it to the fullest! Time co-operates too! πŸ™‚ The only thing is, not all look at our favourite activities (writing/art) as anything worthwhile, and that puts the dampener on the magic! πŸ™

  11. I find this more and more true, especially when it comes to Gy and study. The subjects she loves, she makes time! For the others, yeah, not so much.

    Oh the book is gorgeous! I’m savoring it so much!

  12. That’s true – we always find time to do the things we love. Oh and conversely we never have time for things we don’t really want to do. This book Big Magic sounds interesting.

  13. Oh I so agree with this. We will have critics no matter what we do, but when we do something because it nourishes our soul, the naysayers will become more like white noise in the background.

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