What we think creativity is …
“I’m not a creative person” one of my friend tells me when she comes across a painting and wishes she was good at painting. I sigh. She was deeply rooted in the belief that she was not a creative person.
When we think of creativity more often than not we think of people or art who have been practising it for some years. We seldom think of their first and early awkward attempts at creativity. We look at the creativity of the artist that has had many months or years to mature and feel that our own work would never measure up to it. Of course, it wouldn’t! We have never looked at the many rough drafts or the awkward paintings that had to be produced before the final art comes into being.
What creativity actually is…
Creativity isn’t always beautiful but it is always fun. It is always play if you allow it to be. It can ride on the backs of the first limping sentences that come to you as you attempt your first poem. Creativity can be as simple as making your grandmother’s recipe for soup and adding a few twists to make it your own. Creativity comes out of chaos, out of mess. It is never a linear learning curve. When we think of ourselves being creative we often focus on the product – the book, the painting and not the process itself, the hours spent writing or rewriting the rough draft.
If we are human, we are creative. It isn’t a gift given only to a select few.
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on – Albert Einstein