There are many words that I use to define myself: extroverted, personable or friendly. However, a word that I have probably never used is “creative.” I used to like to play pretend as a child, and I loved making up my own fairy tales. But somehow this changed as I got older. I thought that there was just one simple definition to creativity, until recently when I discovered that there are actually 4 different elements to creativity: Curiosity, Openness, Risk and Energy.

Curiosity: I would give myself a 3 for curiosity. I tend to be the type of person who I just accepts life the way it is instead of questioning every detail of life. I leave the difficult questions up to the experts who know what they are talking about while I mind my own business. I usually dislike when I hear someone questioning authority because I typically assumed that the person in charge knows what he/she is talking about.

Openness: I give myself an 8 for openness. While I tend to not question the way the world works, I am very open to new things and new ideas. I always take other people’s opinions into account before making a decision. I also love discovering new things, eating new foods and travelling to new places.

Risk: I would also give myself an 8 for risk. I very much consider myself a risk taker. I love surprises and get a thrill from the unknown. I also tend to be the one out of my group to take speak up when I don’t like something or take initiative to get something done. I believe that it is outside of our comfort zone where we grow the most.

Energy: I would give myself a 6 for energy. I have so much physical energy that I honestly do not know what to do with myself half of the time. I never have trouble waking up in the morning and always have a big smile on my face. However, I do not believe that I have much mental energy. Sometimes I feel like I do and say a lot of things without thinking and also I can tend to be lazy at times.

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