Can I ask you a personal question?
Do you think of yourself as “creative”?
Or do you shy away from the “creative” self-label, thinking I’m just Stacey the Lawyer, or Brad the High School History Teacher or Jennie the Stay-at-Home Mom.
It’s tempting to reserve the “creative” moniker for the “professionals”. You know, the “real artists” paying their bills with the sale of their art. The people with MFAs. The people with “published” work. The people with “exhibitions” of their work. The kind of people who work in “creative” professions like graphic design.
But, you know what, we’re all creative. Everyone last one of us.
“As a culture, we tend to define creativity too narrowly and to think of it in elitist terms, as something belonging to a small chosen tribe of “real artists”. But in reality, everything we do requires making creative choices, although we seldom recognize that fact.”
– Julia Cameron, “The Artist’s Way”
Being creative doesn’t require any particular accomplishments, accolades or education. Being creative is an approach to life. It’s curiousity, continual learning, and openness to new ideas and possibilities. It’s the willingness to experiment, to take a different road, to try something new on for size. It’s the simple act of creating something…anything…regardless of how “artistic” it is or how many eyes see it.
Don’t discount what you create in your everyday life.
- the doodles on stray scraps of paper
- the digital scrapbooks that tell the story of your life and your travels
- all those photos and videos that you capture, edit & share on social media
- the lovingly designed collage holiday cards you send
- that journal you write in everyday
- the school, church, or club newsletter you produce
- the fab party you planned & pulled off
- the halloween costume you conceived & sewed
- the yard sale armoire you restored
- the delicious dish you whip up with the “secret ingredients”
See that’s you…being creative.