Melissa Gilbert in her book Big Magic said we are all creative and I believe that. She says let go of perfection and create. I think we have to redefine what we think creative is. It is not just being a writer, painter, sculptor, potter and/or poet. I feel it is broader than that. It is being an explorer.
Someone who wants to try new things – maybe never make money off of it or even pursue it past trying it out. Or as a hobby. It is someone who pushes their boundaries. Maybe trying new foods. Travelling to new places. Seeing the world through new eyes (even at home!). I know that sounds hooky but it is true.
If we are all creative there must be a bigger picture of what creative is. It should include building sand castles, colouring, wearing odd socks and showing them off! Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not creative because you are not “producing” what society feels creatives produce. Seriously. Who got to make that decision? Toss it out.
Also parenting – is that not creative? Entertaining your kids. Giving them a good moral compass. Letting them explore and push boundaries (yes some of them will be yours – deep breath people). What about talking to parents and grandparents and getting their stories (do this before it is too late!). Making a picture book or calendar for family away to experience your year. Painting that accent wall or the inside of your closet in a funky color you have been dreaming about (plum anyone?). Keeping a gratitude journal. Or having a conversation with a friend about possibilities from yoga to a belly dancing class.
We get to define creative and we get to push our boundaries. There should be no money involved in creativity. None. If you can earn a living with it – great. But that shouldn’t be the standard. Joy. Joy should be the standard – if it makes us happy – well that’s it.
Let’s take back being creative and a sense of play while we’re at it. Remember creating scenarios with your dolls or dinkies when you were a kid? I know I’m dating myself here. Sigh. We are all creative. Full stop. We just have to say it and start pulling it back out. Take baby steps if you have to and remember you are a creative. You are just looking for your outlet at the moment. Which is okay. Experience life and see it with new eyes (creative eyes).
You can always start now!