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So when I hear people say things like- I am not creative- I sometimes wish they knew that creativity is a state of mind.
If you are human, you feel, think, you laugh, cry, sing, you are creative. It just depends on whether you will vote for yourself; and that’s the scary part, putting a little of your naked self out there for people to see, and poke at and possibly hurt. But that’s also where it gets fun.
I was thinking today about how creativity is interesting because it exists in that space where the world is not perfect.
If the world was perfect we would not need inventions, we wouldn’t feel the longing that we write poetry about. I guess we would still feel happiness, but without the longing for more wouldn’t even that be boring?
Its funny how your own unique perception of the imperfection of the world can be a starting place to find your life’s task. Whether it is the entrepreneur bringing a solution to a problem, a scientist discovering something new, or an artist capturing humanity in a way that touches you deeply. Its all about 1) taking life in and 2) imagining yourself as a solution 3) taking a little step in that direction.
It is not enough to experience and complain about life. After a while you come to that state of mind where you realize that maybe that longing inside of you, that angst, that discontent can bring something new to the table. Just what if…?
So if you think you are not creative, let me give you three challenges this week to prove yourself wrong.
1. When you find something that irks you, or maybe makes you sad, think about what you might do about it, however little, and do it.
2)You know all those ideas you had that you used to call stupid? Try putting words to them, writing them down, sharing them with someone instead of judging them before they even come out of your mouth or your pen. Try taking just one step toward that your ‘weird’ idea.
3) Do something little to take initiative to bring you closer to your dream self; maybe introduce yourself to someone new, notice someone looking lost and offer to help them, maybe rearrange your house, maybe compliment someone, maybe join a group that interests you.
Stop judging yourself for feeling. Even if it does not change anything at least it changes you.
Stop judging your fetal ideas, embrace the process of learning that the world is quite pliable and that your ideas have a place in remoulding it.
Its not about magnificent inventions and earth shattering prose, its all about the little things and voting for yourself in all those little ways.
So this week, step up to the plate and be a solution even if it is in a little way.
Creativity is a state of mind.