Paint splashing into unknown shapes on a canvas, unusual spices in a dish, unheard melodies springing off the guitar, an unseen plot twist in a screenplay, and unexpected words printed on paper. Creativity is the “un” in everything.
When I hear creativity, I feel a wave of childlike energy surrounding something I’ve never experienced. For a moment, creativity feels like a light and playful word. It’s so flexible and subjective, you could throw it around at a suburban playground or casually pluck it into your conversation at the museum.
Creativity is easy peasy stuff, right?
We found a way to use it in our ranking system, creating (no pun intended) a metric for others and ourselves.
“She’s so creative, I could never do that.”
Time out. How many times have we all said this? The next time this plays in your mind, drop the latter. Spread the love, this tiny downplay of yourself adds up, and you are an incredible human. I digress. Let’s carry on.
Reality is, there’s no denying some people do create some rad stuff. So, where does this creativity come from?
What so many artists, musicians, chefs, speakers, and a plethora of creative creatures have discovered is creativity is less about what you’re doing. Creativity is letting go of what you’re supposed to be doing.
Undoing what we have been conditioned to do, unraveling old ideas, and unloading the constant fear of acceptance from everyone around us. Creativity is undoing the tapestry of woven ideas and rules we’ve collected over the years. There’s a hefty dose of rebellion in creativity.
The true pinnacle of creativity isn’t about everyone praising you when they like it, it’s about not giving a shit if they don’t. Pleasing others shouldn’t drive creativity. Nothing new is born from prior expectations. When the fear of fitting in is gone, creativity will find you.
Today. Let go, unravel, create, and be well.
This week's blog writer is Carrie Presley. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in accounting, and worked in the corporate field for 14 years before entering education. Presley's unique teaching style infuses creativity into the traditional mathematics classroom and has led her to be awarded Teacher of the Year in both Oklahoma and Texas. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Pat and two boys Paxon and Scout.