As I begin with this blog, I want to explore a few questions about creativity and what it actually means to be creative. Getting to the root of things is something I enjoy, so let’s begin!
First, we’ll look at what the word creative means. It basically means turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Whether that is physically making something i.e. sewing a dress or making something happen, let’s say planning a special event like a themed wedding.
Coming up with inventive solutions to problems is also a key factor in creativity. Related to that, I’ve also seen the phrase “necessity is the mother of invention”.
You could therefore argue that in order to be creative there has to be a need. What could those needs look like? A need to express emotions in artwork, a need to express thoughts in poetry, a need to make a seat with what’s in the workshop or even the need to make dinner with what’s in the cupboards.
Does this also mean that creativity needs limitations? Can you only be truly creative with a little or can you be just as creative with an abundance of materials? I don’t know to be honest. I’ll have to look into it.
Another difficulty/roadblock in understanding creativity is thinking of it as something that only happens in art studios, or, in school classrooms with crayons and pritt stick. We can think of it as something that only “special” people have.
Somehow a characteristic of all children is lost along the way to adulthood and it seems that only a specific set of gifted people still have creativity.
Who is creative?
The fact is that we are ALL creative. We do not have creativity, we are creative. The misconception that creativity only equates to artistic skill can be harmful and discouraging. They are simply not the same. There are talented artists and talented singers and musicians and craftspeople who are creative. But they are not the only ones.
Have you ever stopped to think how often you have been creative recently? I don’t necessarily mean drawn a picture or embroidered a cushion, but have you solved a problem with a good idea? Have you repurposed something instead of buying new? Have you rearranged the cushions on your sofa with ones from another room to make them look better? Have you come up with a new-to-you combination of flavours while you were cooking or baking? All of that is creativity.
As I was writing this I started doubting myself. I was thinking things like “what do you know? you’re not a professional artist” “you’re not creative enough”
These negative thoughts defy alot of what I’ve said up to this point. Who can measure creativity anyway? Who says you have to have a specific job title in order to have a human characteristic? That’s like saying that only nurses can be caring. It’s nonsense.
Let’s stop beating ourselves up about how creative or not we are and just starting being creative.
In summary, creativity is turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It’s that simple and that complicated.
- Creativity often starts with a need. I have A and I need C so let’s use B to get there.
- We are all creative.
- Some of us lack confidence in our abilities and squash ourselves before we get a chance.
This blog is going to be all about enjoying and cultivating these little and big moments of creativity in our lives. Come and join us as we learn how to simplify our lives to create more room for creativity and fun!