Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
I’ve been away over the weekend to participate in a Creative Retreat which I’ll tell you all about in one of my next blog posts but I can reveal already it was a blast. During these few days I had some time to think about creativity and what it means to us. It’s highly individual but there are some things I’ve learned from conversations as well as from my own experiences. I’d love to open this conversation with you, too.
1. Childhood Creativity
I read it in a few books and also compared it to my own childhood and it’s true: as children we’re so creative, we don’t know any boundaries. Then criticism comes into our lives and all of a sudden we take our creative work seriously. Furthermore, we compare it to “better” art works and believe the people who say that’s not creative enough. We’re being less and less creative and forget we’ve once been little creative souls walking around. Sad, isn’t it?
2. I’m not creative
If I asked you if you’re creative how many of you would say YES? If you ask me half a year ago if I’m creative I’d have said NO. But then I decided, I am creative. I just decided it and by believing in my creativity I felt more creative. So it’s not really someone else who decides if you’re creative or not. It’s a state of mind / an attitude / a relationship you have with creativity. So even if you think you’re not creative, start telling yourself you are and the rest will come naturally. You WANT to create something.
3. Others are much better than me
Yes, and?! Are we only allowed to be creative if we’re as good as – or even better – than the people we admire for their creativity? What is the goal of comparing yourself with others? What benefit do you have by looking at other people’s creative work and being jealous about it? I think it really doesn’t matter. I definitely get a lot of inspiration from other people and artists, I truly admire them, but I don’t think I can ever reach their level because I’m not aiming for this. I want to be me and do stuff. Do I want people to like what I’m doing? Yes, but that’s independent from others and at the end of the day it’s not even the most important aspect of creating something.
4. I don’t have time
Trust me that’s exactly my problem. So I believe you when you say you don’t have time. But there is also the possibility of making time and that’s what I’m trying to do. I might cancel a date with a friend or spend a few hours at the weekend to create something instead of being the first person at the BBQ party. It’s possible but you need some time management skills. I haven’t figured out the perfect schedule yet but I definitely try to make some space for creative development. It’s a learning process!
5. What is creativity?
You can read a definition of creativity here but I also wanted to form the concept of creativity with my own words. Creativity is split into two parts: thinking/reflecting and making. Most of the time we barely start a creative project or art work without putting some thoughts behind it. If it isn’t thoughts it’s feelings and experiences which will be expressed when we’re making something. If we don’t make it or give it to someone who can execute it I don’t see it as creativity that much (you’re probably a philosopher instead). It’s lovely to have creative thoughts but true creativity shines when you’re actually producing something.
So these were some of my thoughts I had over the weekend. What are your thoughts? Are you a creative person?