5 essential things to know about creativity

Because if you think you’re not creative, I’d really like you to reconsider. ☺

1. Creativity is NOT something for the chosen few. I’ve talked about this before, and no doubt will do again because it’s True, and because so many people still don’t believe it; we are all capable of being and doing anything. {Which is not the same as saying we can do everything.} I have no more or less creativity available to me than you do. The only potential difference is that each of us has the filter of individuality which makes us more naturally inclined to this or that, and thank god, otherwise we’d all be the same and it’d be incredibly boring.

2. Creativity can be cultivated. The more we do, the more we can do, and even better, the more we want to do. We can encourage our own creativity to grow by opening ourselves up to new experiences and ideas, which creates new neural pathways in the brain, allowing for new connections to be made. Which leads to number 3…

3. Creativity means making connections. The most original thinkers make connections between unlikely things and come up with the types of things that make most of us go ‘wowser, I wish I’d thought of that’. Einstein was rather good at it, as was Isaac Newton, and Tim Berners-Lee {pioneer of the internet} also springs to mind. Here’s a small scale connection I made, that evolved from hours of walking on the beach and noticing that some stones have ‘lettering’ on them:

4. It’s not hard to be creative. Actually it’s harder not to. Anyone who thinks it’s difficult has fallen prey to a myth. We’re all creative every day, in a myriad ways that we may not think of in that context. Putting together a meal is a creative act, as is working out a route to somewhere, having sex {whether or not it’s literally to make a new person}, doodling while on the phone, and using numbers to create information via spreadsheets. I bet if you go through your average day you can find at LEAST ten examples of you being creative. Just don’t confine it to making something tangible. Daydreaming is a creative act because it creates a space for new ideas and connections to be made.

5. Creativity feels amazing. You may have intimate knowledge of this already if you’re reading this, because most likely you’re a consciously creative sort of person and look for things that feed that, including blogs and websites. There’s nothing quite like the rush that comes with a flash of inspiration for a new project, the buzz of the creative act itself, or the glow of satisfaction from a project you have quite literally loved into existence.

Despite the fact that we actually can’t help being creative, by nature of being human beings ~ even if you don’t believe in a connection to something greater ~ I can’t think of a better reason to bring more creativity into your life than because it feels amazing.

And when you feel amazing, you can only attract more amazingness to you, and then you become so full that you give it out again. Maybe if everyone on the planet took some time to cultivate what’s already innately a fundamental part of who they are, the world would be a much happier place. Not even maybe.