Sometimes creativity can be so astounding that it just has to be shared. The ability to be unconventional in the expression of ideas is a fascinating concept and people can usually appreciate the insight, even want to replicate. In fact, Adobe conducted a study in 2012 in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan to identify attitudes and beliefs surrounding creativity in the areas of business, education, and society. According to the study, more than 50% of people in the US would describe themselves as creative, 39% globally. What is so striking about the study conducted, was that people have different interpretations of what it means to be creative. Perhaps that is why creativity is so infinite; because it can be applied in a multitude of different ways. I focus toward the side of creativity that brings fulfillment and joy because you can be creative at something, but not enjoy doing it. People do it every day. The form of creativity that drives us to be the best that we can be is the one that is missing from most people’s lives. Creativity leads with “out the box” thinking and follows with interpretation through the individual filter.
But how many people actually put this form of creativity to use? Only 1 in 4 people feel that they are living up to there creative potential. So many ideas swimming around in a soup of imagination, but for whatever reason people just can’t get them out. Apparently, time and money are the main factors why people cannot fully explore their own creativity, which is understandable. Just reflect on your own personal life with all of your time constraints. There are only so many hours in the day and usually most people have obligations or responsibilities that must be dealt with first before they can even get into a creative mindset. Stop and think about it. Do you notice how many times you have consciously stifled your own creativity? Stifled doing what brought you joy and fulfillment and motivated you to be the best you that you could be? Depending on your perspective, life both stifles creativity and also fuels it. But we have to decide for ourselves how we want to live in ourselves. We have all plugged into the system that keeps us so occupied with societal, cultural, and financial oppressions that we became so easily distracted and accustomed to constantly denying ourselves the very things that bring us the joy and fulfilment. Why? Because we don’t have time??
Whatever the limitations, people find ways to let their ingenious show and thanks to the internet, we are able to see examples of it everywhere, every day. Creativity is infused in everything that we do. So it is definitely not impossible to nurture your own creativity. Others have done it. Others are doing it. Others will do it. But will you do it? It is how we interpret stimuli through our own creative filters formed through unique experiences, and then reflected back into the world that essentially cultivates creativity in society as a whole. Creative ideas break through the newsfeed of social media all the time, even if the image or video is silly. Have you ever thought, “I could have came up with that” or “I know that I could put my spin on that and make it way better”? It all starts with an idea and that driving creativity for a person to realize their true potential. It just seems like no one realizes how important creativity is to self anymore. Maybe we never realized it. After all, that is not a life lesson I remember learning. No one has time anymore, because we are too busy wasting time on things that will not bring the joy and fulfillment that true creativity inspires.
But how do we find the time to nurture our own creativity in our personal lives? How can this be done when life is pulling from all directions? How can you find the time to tap into your creativity? What would it mean in your life if you were to tap into what brings you joy and fulfillment and inspires you to be the best you that you can be? Would your life drastically change? For some reason, as individuals, it is hard to give ourselves the credit we deserve. We don’t appreciate ourselves for our God-given talents. Instead of nurturing, we stifle and suppress the creativity that was bonded to us. Feeling that sense of fulfilment and joy one gets from doing something they love, which is fuel for creativity by the way, should not be treated like something that we don’t have time for. I believe that the habitual shade you throw on your own creativity only leads to self-denial. Why stifle what brings you joy and fulfillment? If you have something that you want to express, do so and if it is worth it to you, the time and effort will be found to satisfy that creative itch. The bottom line is that your creativity shouldn’t be undervalued. It should be nurtured and shared.
P.S. I encourage you to take a look at how you spend your time. Really look at your activities and then reflect on the problems that you think you may be having in your life. I’ll even provide you with a template to use and chart your activities so that you can identify how you REALLY are spending your time. Having a tangible representation of exactly what you do on a daily basis will allow you to gain a new perspective on the importance of nurturing instead of stifling your creativity.