CREATIVITY and being creative is highly associated with being artistic. But it should not be. Although art can hardly live outside creativity, one can certainly be creative without creating art. Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes-and of course- having fun. It is what makes us unique. It is a treat from nature, because it has nothing to do with social status, level of education, race, culture, gender, wealth or mental condition. It takes place in a natural progression; from thinking to producing and to affecting reality. It involves taking risks, challenge assumptions, and seeing things in a new way. Everyone has the potential to be creative. What’s more, everyone should be creative. It’s simply good for you and for the people around you. Creativity is, at its core, about ideas and how we develop, understand, and communicate them. Not just in terms of the arts, but in every realm of thinking and work. Of course, some art requires creative thinking and the ability to see what nobody else can see, to create what nobody else has created. But art itself is not creativity incarnate. I believe we often talk about art whenever the topic of creativity comes up because it is easier to believe that everything outside of the world of art has concrete rules which we cannot break. Whereas art, with its freedom to interpretation, only has loose rules which are broken often and freely in order to create higher calibre. The reality is, creativity exists in many different forms across many different areas of work, thinking, and problem-solving. Beliefs that only special, talented people are creative or you have to be born that way, diminish our confidence in our creative abilities. The notion that geniuses such as Shakespeare, Picasso, and Mozart were `gifted’ is a myth to me because I think they were just very creative and tried to solve problems while being creative. So next time you feel you don’t have the words to write or the motivation to sing or even the confidence to dance, know that it is because you just have not practiced enough.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015