What being creative really means to me

How many times have I heard someone say to me ‘I wish I was more creative’, or ‘I can’t draw, or paint!’.

I have 2 frustrations with these statements:

  1. Everyone can draw!
    I’ve said this to so many people. If you can hold a pencil, or a stick even, and make a mark on paper or in the sand, then you can draw. The end!
    Comparing your drawing ability to someone else is where the belief you can’t draw comes into play and I get that.
    However, a hairdresser isn’t a great hairdresser until they learn, practice and perfect their craft. Same goes with drawing.
    Only the desire to learn to draw will ever change that fact. If you want to learn to draw, then start drawing and erase the thinking that you can’t.

  2. Being creative isn’t just for the ‘artistic’ types.
    We are all creative in some way. We all have imaginations and our creativity stems from this.
    Everyday at home and work, we are called on to use our creativity in some way. From simply preparing a meal, to what we are going to wear. It’s habitual and we don’t even see ourselves doing it.
    Another way to look at being creative is having the ability to problem solve, or think outside the box. This is your imagination at play. Taking an idea in your mind and making it happen.

Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognise ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.

Being creative is changing your perspective, taking risks, ignoring your fears or doubts and solving problems. Don’t think that you have to own a paintbrush or a piano to be an artist. Creativity is the act of creating new things and putting our thoughts into motion and turning the intangible into something real.

Embrace your unique form of creativity, and stretch out of your comfort zone to learn and discover more.

What does creativity mean to you? What is your creative uniqueness?

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