I have a confession to make …
I am an addicted- to creating !
I feel I have something I shall call “CHD “.
Creativity Hyperactivity Disorder .
This , I realise, has been the case always , always, ALWAYS for me …Since I could get my hands on anything that could possibly be turned into something else , I’ve been making stuff.
Aged 5 , having been inspired by the classic Australian Children’s preschool TV show , Playschool , which was filled with stories and songs and MAKING STUFF , I was continually sticking tissue boxes to aluminium milk bottle lids to pipe cleaners to any other piece of junk to make a something , like a car, or a dolls house or a boat or , anything that would logically (not) come from sticky tape, tissues boxes and milk bottle lids .And when my family moved out of the home I lived in until I was 8, my poor mother discovered cardboard creations and other treasures for future craft creations , that I had squirrelled away in my bedroom cupboard . ( She and dad had probably wondered at how little garbage actually made it to the garbage bin each week . It was all in my bedroom cupboard )
Years later , a plumber apparently found paint brushes that I’d stuffed down the laundry sink in a paint brush cleaning epic fail of mine . You can join the dots there .
Between the ages 9-11 , I was seriously addicted to papier-mâché . My poor mother patiently brewed litres and litres of home made glue on the kitchen stove top, out of flour and water lovingly for me ,so I could paste thousands of tiny pieces of shredded newspaper to balloons ( to make heads OF COURSE). I made a pretty fabulous “Captain Spork” head from the Muppet show . Pure genius .
In my teens I painted , drew cartoons and created and choreographed incredibley fascinating dances to my favourite pop songs that I had recorded from the “Top 40 Australia “ on my uber high tech double cassette tape player /radio and consequently performed to an audience of ..no one ( thankfully ) in my bedroom .
Late teens , I was creating my own clothes on my mother’s old Singer sewing machine ( I was too impatient though to get the clothes finished and many of theses clothes fell to pieces very quickly ) . Again, my long suffering mother had to help me resurrect inummerable sewing disasters AND comfort a cranky despairing budding seamstress who would be sobbing in a mess over the sewing machine .
And through all of these early years , a pencil, or a paintbrush were never too far away , as I dreamed of becoming an illustrator or cartoonist …
In my 20’s, the drawing and painting was pushed aside as I became heavily into song writing . I even recorded a CD . A few loyal friends and family supported me and bought a few , which I believe now make brilliant drink coasters .
My 30s – well they don’t count as I was up to my neck in nappies , bottles , working part time . Just to find a moment to create a space for myself to slap on some makeup to cover up the sleep deprivation induced bags under my eyes was about all the creating I could manage .
But NOW , now , I’m in my 40s .And loving it ! My CHD has become wonderfully full blown. It’s now my beautiful husband instead of my parents who is suffering patiently through my creative messes. BUT , the fulfilment , happiness and basic pure joy I get from making stuff is just , well , something I’m so thankful for !
I’m happy !!
I’m me !
I’m MAKIN’ STUFF
Drawings , paintings , portraits , writing cartoons , illustrating books , designing web pages…
And now ,
my You tube channel – Kids Art School
And I’m so excited that my Kids Art School Youtube Channel has already reached across the globe as I would love other kids to draw painting and just make huge creative messes , just like me !
So welcome creative kids from….
…my home country , Australia , as well Zimbabwe , and Poland , and Romania and Canada and New Zealand and Turkey and who know where else ?? I’d love it to reach the UK , and Singapore and South Africa and all across the world .
Having CHD is AWESOME !!
I hope you catch it too !
love to all
5 thoughts on “I have CHD – Creativity Hyperactivity Disorder”
Wonderful Sandy! Very few people get to do what they love. Having CHD is the best!!
It sure is Amanda . I sense from your comment you may have a touch of CHD also ? If so, don’t seek help . Just go with it is my advice .
Thanks for finally putting a name to an am amazingly fulfilling condition we seem to share. Arn’t the 40s a wonderful age to be alive? With everyone finally able to feed and cloth themselves, i can finally pull out the hot glue gun and mod podge and dance my way into my happy place.
My kids are enjoying learning how to draw via your art school. I will make sure I send some pics.
Well done young lady.
Btw……. I still have your CD……. somewhere……
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Martha, how wonderful it is that the phenomenon that is CHD crosses the world to Zimbabwe ! And it sounds like the treatment advice is the same in Zimbabwe as here in Australia -ie “Go with it – Don’t fight it “ .
Love to see your kids drawings ! And also will love to see what you are doing with the glue gun and mod podge …
If you can’t find the CD, remember , you may have turned it into a drinks coaster …
Stick with it. I’m glad that you’re CHD is actively being used for something positive.
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