|Single Water Lily by Ann Fahl|
For quite some time I have not had any creative energy. It seemed that maybe I had come to the end of my quilt designing career! Creative block has happened to me before, but never lasted longer than a few months. As I wrote in my book Dancing with Thread, I mentioned that my creative juices are higher at some times of the year than others. But right now is the time that I should be very creative and I'm not!
For years I've walked every morning 5 days a week. Lately it's been hard to get up early, so I've started walking after dinner. Some days I don't walk at all. I can go on and on with little clues that have been there, but I didn't interpret. Three weeks ago at my annual checkup I mentioned that I thought my hair was thinning.
My blood tests came back, and my thyroid is quite low. My mother and grandmother also had hypothyroidism, but it happened much earlier in life for them. So now I've begun taking medication to raise my levels. Suddenly all the little pieces have fallen into place. When a person has limited energy, of course creative thoughts and activities would be the first to go. I am anxious for my body to come back into balance again. As active men and women, sometimes we need to pay attention to the clues our bodies and energy levels are giving us. When we are young we expect to always be healthy. But......we are getting older each day! To be healthy productive artists we have to pay attention to the clues and nurture our bodies and our spirits. I guess I needed to be hit over the head with it!
After just 2 weeks of the medication, I've begun to feel more and more like myself. Ideas have just started to come again after 6-9 months of nothing. I'm working in my garden again, oh it feels so good.
Here is a link about hypothyroidism that you may find helpful.