Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a creative genius, most people simply need their inner creativity to be unleashed to start behaving more creatively. Thankfully, your golden years are the perfect time to stay and even become more creative. Retirement gives you and your aging loved ones ample time to explore and express creativity in different ways that you may not have thought about in the past. As long as you stay creative using these methods, you’ll never have a dull day in your golden years!
Exploring Your Artistic Side
Many artists start with humble doodles and scribbles, including you. Pen and paper are easily accessible to many in their retirement years while providing you with infinite possibilities as to what ideas to express with them. Thankfully, doodling is a low-pressure activity that offers you a wealth of freedom, without the added stress of any expectations to produce an extravagant piece of gallery-worthy artwork. If you’d like to evolve your artistic endeavors past doodling, you can explore different paths of art such as painting, sculpting, and other art styles.
Writing can also be an excellent creative outlet for any older adult looking to express their creative side. Freewriting is a great creative writing exercise for any aspiring writer, which involves writing out your thoughts and ideas continuously for a certain period without considering form, style, or even grammar. Such thoughts and ideas can eventually be cleaned up and organized to become a more complete piece of work, and you can eventually take writing a book out of your bucket list. If you’re not interested in writing stories, you could still practice writing through journaling or writing letters.
Seek Out New Experiences
When in doubt, leaving your comfort zone is one of the best ways to maintain and improve your creativity. Challenging yourself to dive into new experiences for yourself, while intimidating, can lead to amazing discoveries within yourself that keep your self-development journey going in your golden years. For example, if you typically spend your nights watching new comedy specials and sitcoms on TV, why not give your best shot at it at your local open mic?
Daydreaming and Brainstorming
Retirement typically frees up a large majority of your day for most older adults, providing ample time and opportunity away from the workplace to simply daydream and brainstorm. Daydreamers have been proven to be more creative in their solutions to problem-solving scenarios, rewarding you for seeming spacey and disconnected from the world. Let your mind wander, and if there’s a specific place or time that gets your creative juices flowing, more power to you!
If you need guidance to help constructively explore your creativity, now’s the time! Thankfully, there’s an abundance of online resources such as classes and videos on the internet just waiting to be discovered. There’s an online resource for just about any skill you want to learn, whether it’s pottery or playing the piano.
Here at our retirement community, we’re happy to help you or your loved one unleash your creativity in your golden years. To learn more, check out our senior living options.