I’ve been wondering… have you been reading my posts on what it means to be creative and how creativity is important and thinking “that’s nice but I don’t think it’s me?” This post is for you and anyone else who doubts their creativity.
Why is it that at some point on our lives a divide seems to be made between “creative” people and “non creative” people? I don’t believe such a distinction exists. There are artistic people and musical people, linguistic people and crafty people but those are talents, skills, as opposed to an outlook and way of thinking.
“The artist is not a special kind of person; rather, each person is a special kind of artist.”Ananda Coomaraswamy
Being creative is about how you see the world and what you do to express that with what you have. To a certain extent it’s like a muscle. It has to be exercised to be strengthened but it doesn’t go away because you don’t seem to use it.
Say you need a cake, you could have a cupboard with baking supplies and buy a birthday cake or you could bake your own cake (like this one) and decorate it with what you have with the specific recipient in mind.
A similar argument could be made with regards to sport and fitness. You don’t have to be sporty to exercise and keep your body fit and healthy. You don’t have to be a footballer to be fit, you could be a swimmer, a cyclist, a tennis player, a weightlifter etc… almost every body needs physical exertion to be healthy and so everyone needs to use their creativity to acknowledge their uniqueness and viewpoint.
“There’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every one of us”
There are so many situations in a day that could use a creative response. You could have run out of something and use your imagination to find a substitute from what you have available.
A recent example for me was when I was attempting to bake my Dad a birthday cake… for some reason it went completely flop. I had been feeling keen to bake so I had some bread dough rising. We had no eggs left and no time for dillydallying so I decided to something I had never done before (you may notice this a lot about me) and I made a loaf that looks like a yacht. It may not have been a perfect birthday cake, but he was delighted.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”Pablo Picasso
Don’t fall for the lie that because you felt you weren’t good at art in school that you’re not creative. Creativity is not the same thing as artistic talent. Sometimes it’s a case of finding your particular creative talent or talents. It could be knitting, it could be baking, it could be poetry or it could be dance.
Think back to when you were a child, what fascinated you then? What sort of stories filled your imagination? What was your ambition before life got “practical”? I’d love it if you’d let me know in the comments.
I saw this quote on Pinterest and thought it was particularly relevant to this question.
Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten… Being suddenly hit years later by the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back, please.”Hugh MacLeod
You may never paint a painting worthy of being hung in a gallery, or sing a song that turns into a hit or write a bestselling book BUT you are creative.
Did you know that apparently it is scientifically proven that creativity increases just by telling someone to be creative? We have been so incredibly designed. Everyone is creative. That means YOU are creative, yes, even you who’s doubting me just now.
So be creative and have fun, try not to worry about failures and the dreaded “what other people think”. Your view and perspective is important because you are the only you in the history of the world.