For me, making things is a driving force in my life. Doing and being creative. Painting and knitting are my most common forms expression. Cooking is another way of exploring and doing and learning. Writing puts it all in front of me.
Painting is the most self-expressive part of my life. Knitting provides a sort of structural problem solving, as well as just the pleasure of having something to fiddle with. I like to write as it puts my life in perspective. Whining on paper is very therapeutic.
I am rather chaotic in my approach to life, which has its good and bad points, but it does lead to some interesting paths to explore.