I have spent years denying or belittling my own creative spirit. "I'm not artistic" and "I'm just not the crafty type" are phrases I've used since the dawn of time. And yet, today, when I asked [Helen] what her favorite part of her day was, her response was, "You mean, besides learning to crochet?" That shaky chain of yarn, that frustration - it was the most rewarding thing she did all day.Creativity isn't just something to do. It is something we need, deeply with our whole souls. That's why consumption makes us feel so empty, so wrong. It's not the act of consuming itself, it's what we're using it for. We're using it to fill the void of our creative needs - a hole that can never be filled by buying or watching or eating.For me, creativity involves finding ways to express myself without shame or self-criticism. It's getting from "I'm not artistic" to "I'm a creator." Bringing something from inside my heart out into the world in a tangible way. Sharing who I am, what I love, and how I feel. It's a way of connecting with others... of molding my environment, taking a piece of what I have imagined and putting it in the world. Of having choice. Of feeling power. Of creating.