Wake Up Your Creativity

Creativity. We’re all born with it. Every single one of us. From the very beginning, we are trying to understand the way everything works or how it is made. Until we know the answer, we tell ourself a narrative, as ridiculous as it may be. That’s why our imagination is so big at a young age, we’re creating stories and ideas that make sense to us at the time. There’s a common question with a long-lost answer asking do we lose this creativity along the way? What are your thoughts? Are you still creative? Why, or why not?

Here’s what I think:

I was a creative kid. I made blanket forts, played “house”, coloured, and even took on the life of a princess once in awhile. This creativity soon faded at about 10 years of age. After a few years of droning around with no thoughts about what I wanted to do with my life, I started to get curious. I started to get out there more. Experience new things. Travel. Search for my passion. You know what I found along the way? Creativity! 

We’re all creative when we’re young, but this soon fades away when what we thought was creative becomes the norm. Inventing a phone right now wouldn’t be that creative, but way before Apple, RIM, Samsung, or any other telecommunication company, inventing a phone was daring and new. 

Over time, it seems like creativity is no longer a skill, but becomes a part time job. We truly need to set aside the time in our “busy” schedules to be creative or do something that we enjoy that allows us to be creative. Even then, maybe it is our methods for being creative that aren’t the same anymore. Maybe we just can’t be creative on our own like we used to. Think about it. When was the last time you were most creative? Where were you? Who were you with? Likely, your “Ah-hah!” moment came when you were surrounded by friends or in a busy, collaborative space like a coffee shop or a local pub or at work. And there is nothing wrong with that. 

The answers to how things work or how they are made or how to solve a problem are much more accessible than they used to be. We may still tell ourselves a creative story to our questions and problem or take a guess and work through it. Much more often, we are quick to find the answers in a book, ask someone, or even more efficiently look it up on the internet. 

Have we really lost creativity or has it just adapted to whom we have grown to become? When I look around, I believe people are still being creative just in ways that suit and support their personality. Someone that loves to cook will use a recipe book, but because they love and trust the medium so much, they don’t follow it exactly and will add ingredients. Is that not being creative? Marie Kondo is a professional organizer and declutters spaces. Kondo rolls her shirts and sets them upright in her drawers and hangs anything that makes her feel happy. Is that not being creative? 

So, what are some takeaways from my rant on creativity (or lack thereof)? Don’t sweat it! Creativity can be found in everything that we do, it just may have to be redefined for each of us.