Do That Thing

…my lovely friend Danielle Raine is visiting today. She’s lovely and funny and clever and inspiring and generally ace. You can find her writing blog here and she’s a constant source of inspiration. So here she is, talking about our thing. We’ve all got one (eating cake is a superpower, right?)

Do you know your ‘thing’?

That thing – your unique gift, your flair. That thing you can happily spend all day doing, or do with your eyes closed.

Your creative genius.

flowers are my thing (Rachael)

Many people believe that only ‘arty types’ have something special to offer in terms of creative stuff. But we’re all creative. Life is a creative act – we create things all the time; families, salaries, evening meals, safe and happy childhoods for our little ones. Every human can and does create on a general level, all day long.

But each of us also have a special skill – our own personal superpower that we’re particularly amazing at.

Yours may be in the traditional creative fields; writing, drawing, playing music, performing, photography, design etc… Or it may be the hobbies you’re drawn to in your free-time; cooking, baking, crafting, knitting, crochet, flower-arranging, decorating, gardening or dancing. (Or a spectacular combo of these!) These are all creative outlets, activities we enjoy purely because they express our inherent creative urge.

Or your creative genius may be a little less obvious. Perhaps you’re a great listener or peace-keeper, an amazing parent or friend. Maybe it’s within your day-job – running a business is a highly creative pursuit, as is taking care of a family and home. Many jobs involve innovative thinking, idea-generating and solution-finding. This is your creative self in action.

So, why is it worth taking the time to identify when and where you shine? Well, allow me to offer you…

4 Shiny, Happy Benefits of Knowing (and Doing) Your Thing

• Once we’ve identified our thing – and how important it is – it becomes more obvious that we should make time for it. For example, if you dismiss your love of roller-skating as just a whim, it’s very easy to let it get shuffled down the never-ending To Do list. But when you see just how vital this activity is – for your wellbeing and enjoyment of life – you’re far more likely to make the time for it. When we know how much it matters, we find a way.

• Creative expression is good for us. The inner calm and enjoyment of being ‘in the zone’ has positive and lasting effects on our nervous systems. Being absorbed and engaged in our favourite activities can reduce stress levels and slow down the aging process.

• Feeling competent and accomplished is good for us, too. (And fun!) These feelings boost our endorphins and our self-esteem. When we spend time in our particular zones of genius, we feel good about ourselves – we walk taller. And, as a happy side effect, we look better too. (Confidence is highly attractive.)

• Creative expression is a powerful marker for happiness, and when we feel fulfilled and happy, we’re naturally much nicer people! Indulging in our chosen pursuits make us feel good, and that good feeling is contagious. We’re more generous, tolerant and forgiving. Pursuing our thing is actually a great gift to our families, friends and communities.

So, find – and do – your thing!

Even just a short time spent expressing your unique brilliance can make a positive difference to your day. If you do this daily, it can spark a happy upwards spiral that shapes your whole life. And like the proverbial butterfly flapping its wings – the ripple effects can reach far and wide. (Can you imagine a world where everyone does more of what they love to do? Maybe we could paint, bake or fox-trot our way to world peace…?)

So, do that thing that lights you up and makes you feel like you’ve found your groove in the world.

Do it for your health. Do it for your family. Do it for the good of the planet. Do it purely because you love to do it.

Do that thing. It’s what you’re here for.

…Danielle’s latest thing? She’s written another book. It’s fab. From Wannabe To Writer is available now and it’s ace. Go and have a peek and be inspired.

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  1. Growing flowers and eating cake are actually two of the most important superpowers. And also, two of my favourites. (Though I am not quite as good with the flowers…)

  2. I couldn’t agree more! Mine is playing piano, eating nice food, seeing the great produce my wife grows, and did I mention the piano?

  3. This is so spot on. Once you identify your sweet spot then have the courage to go out and do it, magic happens. And I find the more I narrow down to what it is exactly that I do, the more expansive and creative I become within that. Great article. Thank you.