Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.
Why do we always insist children color inside the lines of pictures in coloring books? After all, if they don’t color inside the designated lines, they won’t make the pretty picture someone else designed.
The metaphor of coloring outside the lines represents someone who doesn’t want to follow the rules or think along conventional lines; a non-comformist; free spirit.
If we’re honest, there is a little bit of a comfort zone in doing something the same way everyone else does even though we claim we hate it. When we color inside the lines, we get the job done without raising any red flags or unnecessary attention. And all the better if we use conventional colors; making the sky blue and the grass green.
But for others, coloring inside the lines is boring. They long to be innovative and creative beings that think outside the box. It’s not that they don’t want any boundaries, they just want to challenge themselves and the status quo by trying something completely different from the way it’s always been done.
Take these flower petals, for example. Peanut’s Daddy brought them home for her a few days ago. They are the epitome of creativity since it looks like someone randomly splashed colorful paint all over white spider mums!
Unique and unusual…definitely not your conventional one-color blossom. Who says flower petals can’t be a rainbow of different colors? To me, these look like a manic, little pixie was turned loose with a brush and set of paints!
Don’t be afraid to color outside the lines every once in a while. Don’t always settle for the obvious solution. Step outside your comfort zone and get uncomfortable for a while. Comfort zones are where we get stuck in ruts. When we spend time outside our comfort zones, we grow.
Feed your muse, unleash your creativity and the result will be something uniquely magnificent!