Found Some Thoughts About Creativity

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Are you creative creativity FoundSomePaper

 

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. Β 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 formΒ 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?

x


  • I love this post! I’m so guilty of comparing myself to others but so long as I’m creating I shouldn’t really care!
    Sophie Cliff

    • Uli

      It’s difficult to not compare yourself with others. It can be healthy for pushing your own boundaries but it shouldn’t become an obsession & definitely not a de-motivation x

  • Lovely encapsulation of some thoughts we were all thinking through over our weekend. You have a real skill for filtering big ideas down into neat paragraphs.

    • Uli

      Alex, I love you! You should be my daily boost of confidence & motivation πŸ˜‰ x

  • SΓ­le@ Any idle sunday

    You’re so right, I’ve never separated out these thoughts before – I would have said: “I used to be creative!” meaning I used to have ideas / time! Since doing a fashion design degree and realising I wouldn’t be the next Stella McCartney I tried to push away from the creative side to be “taken seriously” in business – but these should all exist together!

    • Uli

      You can have it all girl! I think creativity should always be part of whatever we do. It’s definitely not unprofessional to be creative. It’s a huge benefit in my opinion! x

  • Love this list πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Uli

      Thanks for your comment, Erika! πŸ™‚ x

  • As a practising artist it’s easy to see creativity everywhere, evening using a silly excuse to get out of something is creative in it’s own way. We need to support each others creative outlets, as it is a great tool for learning and exploring ideas.

    • Uli

      Yes, love it! Support is important indeed & I love the community here. Let’s never stop being creative! x

  • I love this! I would say that I’m creative – especially when I’m doing something I love! Take blogging for instance. Some posts are much more creative than others, but the whole blogging experience is something that I’ve loved to do and it’s making me more and more creative in general! This would be a great topic for a twitter chat or blogger Q&A loop! <3 Lisa
    http://www.strumsimmersip.com

    • Agree with you all step of the way with this comment! Would make a great tweet chat!

      Sending you good vibes and dosage of love, xx
      Dana | http://booquepress.com

      • Uli

        Thinking about the Twitter chat… πŸ˜›

    • Uli

      Thank you, Lisa! I definitely think that you’re creative too. And blogging helps a lot to explore your own creativity. Now that you mentioned a Twitter chat, maybe I should start one?! πŸ˜‰ x

  • You are awesome! Far more awesome for writing this fantastic piece! I love it! I am creative, other can be more creative than be, depending on whether that is actually a thing.!? Can we measure creativity? Its all uniqueness, in different ways so I do agree completely with your responses to all those questions! This post is wonderful, enlightening and joyous to read! I appreciated it a lot!
    Sending you good vibes and dosage of love, xx
    Dana | http://booquepress.com

    • Uli

      I appreciate your comment a lot, Dana! It made me very happy that the post was enlightening and joyous for you. Thanks a lot for your comment! Lots of love back to you x

      • wooohoo πŸ™‚ haha
        x

  • This is great. I always say “no” when asked if i’m creative yet I am so drawn to creative activities. I need to stop putting myself in a box and work to become who I want to be. I think you’re so right with the issue of thinking others are better than you – I talk myself out of too many risks by telling myself that. Great post!
    xx

    • Uli

      I realised when I say I’m creative I feel more confident & also I AM more creative. If I claim I’m creative I almost HAVE TO be active otherwise I feel like a cheater. It’s a bit of a vicious circle sometimes. At the end of the day we should not define ourselves by what others say. Just be truthful to yourself & be creative πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment, Taylor! It’s much appreciated x

  • This is great! It’s so important to believe in yourself in order to be creative, and I’m so glad you wrote this post saying these things!

    • Uli

      Thanks for your comment, Jessica! It’s so easy to forget to believe in yourself. Glad you left a comment here so I can get back to my own advice πŸ˜‰ x

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