Unleashing Your Creativity After 55

We live in a culture that globally celebrates youth. This gives way to the misconception that if you haven’t made an impact by the time you’re 25-30, that your creative spirit is dead on arrival before it ever had the chance to see light.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

Whether you’re 40, 50, or like me nearing 60, your ability to express yourself artistically is far greater than it was when you were young. And far more interesting to boot.

As we grow older, we gain more experiences and wisdom to glean from as we strive to unleash our creativity. Simply put, our art is deeper and more meaningful because we’ve got some mileage under our belt.

Old age and treachery, as the saying goes, always beats youth and skill.

As an older creative, you’ve earned your stripes. Maybe you once dreamt of your art changing the world. My friend, it still can.

We must labor to dispel the rumor that our creativity deteriorates as we age. If anything, our creativity is richer and deeper as we grow older. We understand truths and realities we simply could not grasp when we were young. We see things now in ways that we could not possibly see back then.

“Crocs on the Beach” ©2022 Rainer Bantau
“Cats” ©2022 Rainer Bantau

Yes, there are indeed artists who have spent their entire lifetime creating. But, that’s not true for you. Life, so to speak, got in the way. Having lived your life, now you yearn to unleash your creative voice and share your artistic talents with the world (or at least your local community). Be brave. Be bold!

Where will you find the time? Start with 30 minutes a day. But, be disciplined. Make it a point to spend some time creating every day. Habits take time to take hold. Each day, strive to do a little more. On days you can’t feel the artistic muse, go back to something you’ve already been working on and tweak it. Make it better.

“Higher Biscuis” ©2022 Rainer Bantau
“Beautiful Boss“ ©2022 Rainer Bantau

I believe this to be true whether your artistic bent leans toward music, photography, drawing, writing or any other creative endeavor.

May the Lord shine His favor on you this week. And may God bless America.

The Devotional Guy™

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14 Comments

  1. Yes, I totally agree with everything here! and PS: I love your cats drawing!! ❤🐱🐈

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  2. Amen.

    Makes me think of Tow Mater (from the film, Cars) and all the previous dents on his bodywork – each one a memory and an experience.

    With age comes different perspectives, and some richer ones too.

    Andy B

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  3. Yes, for sure. Oftentimes, I feel like I’m just getting started.

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  4. Thank you, Lisa! I like that one, too. I’m thinking of making a larger version.

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  5. Thank you for the encouragement! And thank you for sharing your artwork as well!

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  6. Amen to that!!

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  7. My pleasure, Bridget. I’m just getting started, so I appreciate your encouraging words.

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  8. I think you are doing great. I can’t even draw a straight line. But your new endeavor inspires me to try.

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  9. Thank you. I appreciate you reading my post. Yep, you just got to choose to begin.

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  10. lisapatb says:

    Love your clogs, I haven’t drawn in over 30 years. Wonder if I even could anymore. I may need to try it after reading this, you have inspired me!

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  11. Awesome,Lisa. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  12. I’m getting smarter? Yay!

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  13. Beth Alisan says:

    Great post Rainer! How much more beauty would be found in our culture if the trend was to spend time, energy, and resources creating rather than fighting to defy the aging process. Loved the drawing of your cats!

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  14. Thank you, Beth. I appreciate your encouraging words.

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