Maybe there’s no correlation, but when I finally admitted/forgave myself (just to myself) for my top 5 “darkest secrets,” my creativity kicked into high gear.
My theory is they were taking up “processing power.” Just to be sure, I made my friend sit there and listen while I told him what they were. I suspect you don’t need to confess, because I felt nothing, and derived no benefit from confessing (I just had to make sure). I only derived benefit when I originally admitted them to myself.
In time, those secrets will die just the same as I, so why feed them with the life I still possess? Why keep them alive until my physical death?