Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the word- create. Every school assignment that began with that word excited me. It was a chance to express myself through words, stories, drawings, paintings & crafts. As a quiet introverted child, being creative was my only form of self-expression.
I truly love the feeling I get from creating something special, tapping into the artistic part of my brain and exploring the depths of my imagination.
Creativity has always been my saving grace- the one thing I love about myself without any shadow of a doubt. No matter what I see in the mirror, no matter how much money I make, no matter how many friends I have- being creative is the one thing I’m always confident about.
Not to say, what I create is always amazing. It’s simply the act of creation that counts. The happiness it brings. The strange balance of excitement and serenity it gives me.
Creativity is my self-love.
One of the #28DaysofSelfLove activities was to write a fairy tale about yourself beginning with Once Upon a Time. This idea of writing my own fairy tale came to me last year at the lowest time of my life, when I felt like my day-to-day life was destroying me. Like Alice, I wanted an escape from reality and I created my very own Wonderland.
Like most fairytales, my story had the major archetypes- the Evil Queen and her henchmen, a period of trials & tribulations, a knight in shining armor and the inner-strength of the heroine who made it through the dark forest to find her own happily ever after.
I was writing a fairy tale which mirrored my daily life and somehow manifested my fantasy into reality. With the help of my knight in shining armor and a few fairy godmothers, I made it through the woods. Unfortunately, I didn’t defeat the Evil Queen in real life… but I also didn’t let her defeat me either.
If you’re going through something difficult in your life, try this activity out. Create a world where you have the strength to defeat your dragon or outwit the Evil Queen. Make it a poem, a painting, a script- whatever form of expression you feel most comfortable with.
Having trouble getting started? Ask yourself a few of these questions.
Are you a maiden, a princess, a witch, a fairy or other magickal creature?
Where do you live? A castle, a cottage, a tree, etc?
Do you have any magickal powers?
Do you have any magickal friends? Dwarves, elves, nymphs, animals, fairy godmothers, etc?
Have you been cursed? If so, how does it affect your story and how do you overcome it?
How does your fairy tale end and your happily ever after begin?
The story above is somewhat of a Chapter One in my tale. I hope you enjoy it & I hope this activity offers you the same healing and release it has offered me.
The Snow Orchid Witch