I wrote myself a letter as a part of the 52 Weeks of Pagan Art Journaling project. My letter is meant to be both the first page and the last page I read when I pick up my journal in the future. It's more about the value of working on a sustained creative project that about the exploration of my spiritual path. I've spent lots of time thinking and writing about spirituality not as much thinking about and appreciating my creative experiences.
I look on my creativity as a habit that causes me to loose track of things and screw up. That hardly ever actually happens anymore.
Even the parents who nurtured this "don't go nuts, talent isn't accomplishment" attitude now make more of what I create than I do.
In doing this, I am robbing myself of satisfaction and of ownership of some pretty powerful skills.
I have 52 weeks to practice embracing my creativity and seeing it through other people's eyes might be a big part of that.
If I really listen to the comments of the people who see my work, I might begin to tune into the "be proud of yourself for creative things too" channel. That would be terrific for me.