Let’s talk about creativity.
Whatever that is!
I wanted to create (there’s that word again) a blog that talked about creativity and that might offer a little encouragement for those of us trying to do it. Not in one form, but in the larger sense. Just as I believe that all human communication is storytelling, I also believe that all human beings have an innate urge, need, and call to be creative. Some of you are shaking your heads no. I meet people all the time who don’t think they are creative. I say they’re wrong!
So what is creativity?
Creativity is anything that calls on you to use your imagination. So you can be creative in the kitchen as you cook, while you’re sewing, knitting, woodcarving, building things, you can be creative doing anything. Your creative medium may be paints or words, or toothpicks, or Legos. One place I see creativity discussed a lot over the last couple of years is in business publications. The ability to think with creativity is a talent that companies seek. To look at a challenge, and overcome it, is creativity. Everything from doodling to inventing the next “big thing” involves creativity. You need to discover what you do and then do it!
Now, having said all that, this creativity thing must be easy, right? I will always be honest with you here, so the honest answer is no. Before you decide to throw your hands up in despair, I want to remind you of one thing. Even the people we recognize as the greatest creators of all time struggled. Learning the essentials of their form, finding their unique voice or vision, even once they’d mastered all of that, there are still many moments when they struggled. Moments when things were not happening the way they wanted when they thought of giving up and doing something different. It’s the same for all of us. Creativity makes us think, feel, and work. It forces us to challenge our beliefs about ourselves and the world. Sometimes it forces us to see things we don’t want to see. It can also help us become better because it helps us develop more of the talents inside us. As we become more fully realized, it expands our world.
So go be creative!