No Pain, No Gain? Degenerative Joint Disease and Creativity

  Are you dealing with consistent pain? Are those days when you could create from sun up til sun down a fleeting memory? Believe me I understand.  This is not a downer though, I want to talk about the up side! :-) You had to know I was going there! LOL. Anyway, I have DJD which stands for Degenerative Joint Disease. DJD presents consistent pain, for me it's generally in the legs, back or hands and arms. For some it can be disabling to the point of no action. For others it can be painful torture and for some it can be slightly controlled (medicines, therapy, etc). For me it's all three. I've had it for years and learned to function around it, working day in and day out, raising kids, etc. But the point does come when it's presence refuses to be ignored and yes, it can affect creativity.

 But as with many other things, it can be a reason and motivator for you to go on, stay strong, and focused. Here we are. I couldn't stop creating if I wanted to. It's me, it's my make up. It's what I think about in the morning and at night. It what I want to teach and to share. And I'm sure many of you feel the same.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is work through the pain, but you can do it. It may be just what you needed. I can't lay down for long. I don't sleep long hours or cave in. Many people may not understand because unless it affects the way you move, walk, sit, etc. it's a private disease. Not many outward signs. And that's ok. I'm talking about it because many don't understand! Living with pain not only causes physical discomfort but can also affect your outlook.

Here's my suggestion, if it hurts too much to make a big box, create a little one. Just for you. Motivate yourself to continue on. If you have a condition that is life long, caving in is not an option. Stopping and rolling over may only cause you to feel worse. Make small changes that accommodate you and your creativity. Love to paint? Buy a small canvas book to make smaller satisfying paintings that you can create while sitting in your comfy spot. Love to make jewelry? Get yourself a Bed Tray. Create while you lay. Whatever your creative outlet is, work it out. It's worth it and it's for you!

The above picture was created in love and pain! I used Derwent Colorsoft Pencils (Thank you daughter :-))
After it was done, I was satisfied and even a little proud. Because while I was doing it I managed to forget that I was in pain. That's what I'm talking about.

There's something to be said for Living Outside the Box! I see you smiling!!! :-)



Steph Jordan Artist has been creating unique creations since childhood. Mixed Media Art is her life. From teaching unique workshops to creating promotional items and more Steph makes high end costume jewelry,paints colorful imaginative art and makes things shine.