It’s been interesting to notice how some people absolutely deny that they have any sort of creativity within them. I’m a believer that every human being has the capacity to be creative.
Creativity is apart of being human. Whether you feed that creative part of you or not is what tends to categorize you from the outside world as a “creative” or not. Although, more importantly, it’s how you categorize yourself that matters and defines you.
There are many different ways to be creative. You don’t have to be an “artist” or in an artistic field to be a creative person. Engaging in creativity naturally draws out childlike qualities within us. These are qualities that we can lose as we get older if we allow them too fade.
Just like anything that you want to keep healthy and present, you have to feed the creative part of you in order not to lose it. Hence the saying, "use it or you will lose it." Getting older or more responsible doesn't need to mean less creativity, but for some, it does.
It’s a bummer.
Stop telling yourself you’re not creative. I don’t buy it. Maybe it’s a part of you that needs to be rediscovered and dusted off, but I believe that it’s there within you. What would it mean for you to bring back some creativity into your life?
What were you drawn toward as a child when you were bored? What do you currently watch others do that gets you curious? Start with those questions and see if you can tap into the lost or untapped creativity that you DO possess. Only you will know what activities get your creative juices flowing. When you discover what those things are, my advice would be to do them more. Those things will help make you feel alive, playful and, ultimately, creative.
* This image was taken by Ashley Williams, a San Diego based photographer, among the Sand Dunes in Glamis California.