Creativity isn’t just the province of creative people.
Creativity has many different meanings: being imaginative and inventive, coming up with original ideas, unorthodox thinking, approaching things in a new way… In many peoples’ minds creativity is traditionally the preserve of writers, artists and composers, but the interpretations of creativity are much wider than that, and it seems that the creative urge is a given of human nature.
Self-expression is essential to our growth and development, yet is often seen as a ‘nice to have’ or something we’ll do “when we get time”.
Though we might think it lies dormant in many of us almost everyone is creative in ways they perhaps haven’t accepted. I’ve noticed when asking people about their creativity that at first they just chunter on about this and that and the sum of their opening sentences is “I don’t do much, really.” With a bit more time and encouragement though (some might say interrogation), they start to come up with some real insights into things they do, make, think and/or create. At times this leads to mind-blowing discoveries. Its amazing how many people do quite extraordinary things, and equally surprising that they will often play it down.
My point in all this is that we are all creative in some ways, often we ignore or deny it and it goes largely unnoticed. On the other hand, sharing creativity with others – either the creative moments or the results of our creativity – benefits them and us.
What prods your creativity into action?
- What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?
- How do you express it?
- What form will it take today?
- How can you nurture it?