You are Creative!
We tend to view creativity as something magical and special given to only the privileged few. In fact, I believe we are all creative. We simply express it in different ways. The main problem is with our limited definitions and perceptions of what it means to be creative.
Creativity can be seen as an innate drive to express what we think and feel inside.
We usually think of art and artists when creativity is mentioned. And beyond that, we imagine creativity as some magical skill that only a few people inherit. Thanks to an art teacher named Dvora who offered a wonderful painting class, I expanded my perception of both creativity and what I was capable of. The first key is to let go of expectations and simply allow ourselves to try new things.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook
Dvora taught us to let go of expectations and simply do the process. In other words, just paint and forget about how it’s going to look. This helped us with permission to try, experiment and not worry about how it was going to look. I actually created some decent paintings, but even more importantly, I began to consider myself capable of painting and no longer prevented myself from trying art projects.
I did a google search and found Dvora’s website, www.tangoartist.com, if you’d like to explore her art. These days she has two passions; painting and dancing. She describes her process as watching tango while sketching, filling up with tango, then putting music on, dancing and filling herself with tango. Only when she is full, does she paint. Her process sounds fun to me!
Even more importantly, Dvora taught us that everyone is creative in different ways. We might be creative in cooking, dressing, mothering, or even business. It was like a light bulb went off in my head, no longer did I have to try to be an “artist”. Instead, I could just be me and see the various ways that creativity expressed in my life. Over the years, I’ve found deeper and deeper layers of creativity too.
Cooking a meal using only what ingredients are on hand is creative. Learning to live simply is creative. Finding ways to move forward when we are filled with pain or fear is a creative act. There are so many wonderful ways you can be creative. Allow yourself to try new things, experiment, fail, play, and generally allow the expression of your inner desires. You are creative!
I also find that color, aroma, music and nature help put me in a more relaxed state of mind and being that supports creativity.
Make no mistake, you are creative and the world awaits your creative expressions!