Pardon me artists, but I have to say this: you don’t own the exclusive rights to creativity. There is no such thing as a few chosen ones – it’s a myth; a flat out lie. We are all here breathing O2 under the same sun, aren’t we? Then I’d like to argue we were all chosen to adorn the world in our own unique ways.
For a while I struggled with my self-perceived lack of creativity because it is, as I’ve come to realize, such an important trait for me. I yearned to be creative and yet I thought that life had neglected to grace me with this gift.
That was until I decided to put my adventure hat on, grab my magnifying glass and go on a hunt – a hunt for creativity. Not to kill it, obviously, that would defeat the purpose, but rather to scrutinize it; like scientists do with unfamiliar animals they find in the jungle. I wasn’t aware that the creative process was like a puzzle I had to put together; I thought it came effortlessly to the enlightened ones (particularly those whose childhood recollections involved an intense love for their artistic medium).
Turns out that after a few inspiring readings along with a “little” push from a transformational personal development course – Creative Insight Journey – with my dear friend Ines Battistini, creativity landed on my lap; like a cat sometimes does when it pleases him – not when you call it.
When I refer to creativity I am not simply talking about writing, painting, photography or acting. I am referring to the act of being creative during quotidian life – how you pay your bills; what you ‘ll have for breakfast on an AIP diet; your latest excuse for being late for work; explaining to your child where babies come from – you name it.
Creativity is ubiquitous.
So I invite you to let go of the squared concept that creativity is something unattainable to the majority of us mortals because it couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, creativity likes company. It is often accompanied by its more mysterious friend – courage. And courage often runs side by side with fear (although she does tries to get rid of him at every turn). You see, you need courage to face your fears, but if you weren’t afraid you wouldn’t require courage in the first place. Hence the third degree of connection.
Courage is like a parent that holds the child’s hand as he/she arrives at school on his/her first day of class and assures him/her everything will be ok.
It is creativity sponsored by courage that tells you it’s ok to express your innovative thoughts on that important meeting; it’s ok to quit your job and become a photographer or quit your job to raise your kids; it’s ok to sign up for zumba classes even though fork lifting is your bolder move; it’s ok to experiment with a new, uhm, HEALTHY diet and see how it’ll work for the next 30 days (even though you hate to cook).
These things require a certain resourcefulness to come to fruition and they certainly require courage’s gentle push; although it sometimes feels like a shove.
But let’s not forget one of the most powerful catalysts for action – curiosity. Our artistic expressions are often manifested through curiosity. And knowing how I love to define words, here’s curiosity’s definition:
Curiosity: a desire to learn or know about anything.
In order words, ask yourself “what would it be like if I [took up painting, photography, acting, had a child, moved to another country, pursued my passion, volunteered for a cause I love, opened my own business…]?”
Desire to learn more about yourself, your passions, your goals, your motivations, your weaknesses, your strengths, your skills. Be curious, be fearless, be creative.
Because when you open up the creativity gates life is flooded with positive energy that trickles down to all areas in your life. By allowing creativity to visit your from time to time and letting it claim some aspect of your life, you will become more confident in your ability to contribute to the world – and those are two other C’s worth holding onto.