To create something. One moment in time this thing does not exist…some moment of time in the future, it does.
The act of being creative is bringing something new and original to life. I was just reminded of this scene from one of my favorite movies…
Life is boring when you do the same thing over and over again. Now, some people really love the certainty and comfort of routines and predictability. There’s no problem with that–we’ve probably all had times in our lives when we crave the stability of the familiar. But every once in a while we need to mix things up. Variety is the spice of life, as they say!
Often times when I speak of creativity people laugh and tell me that they don’t have a creative bone in their body. Fact is, we are ALL creative. We all have the ability to do something completely original, to allow some sort of expression of our mood, our personality, or our curiosity to come into the world. Can it be risky? Yes. It involves stepping out of the zone of comfort and taking a chance that you might look silly or someone may judge you.
But there’s another fallacy. To allow someone to judge your creativity means there is a right way and a wrong way to create. It assumes that there is “good” creativity and “bad” creativity. Art is subjective–we’ve all heard that. It’s the same with other forms of creativity…beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (Man, there are a lot of colloquialisms when it comes to creativity!)
My point is, when we want to add more creativity into our lives (I’ll explain why we want to do that in a minute), we don’t have to think of pulling out the paint brushes or trying to write poetry. We can do something regular in an original way. If you have chicken parmesan every Friday night, maybe this week you use a smoked gouda and some fresh basil. You know, mix things up! Go crazy!
Interjecting a little fun and playfulness in our day-to-day lives sparks something within us. Maybe that spark will burn away something heavy that’s been weighing your down; maybe it will ignite a brilliant new idea. And creativity is vital to helping to heal some of the problems of the world. Studies tell us that when we engage in creative activities, new neuro-pathways and connections are made in the brain. When trying to solve a problem, our brain pulls from what it knows–the familiar, the expected based on experience. To come up with new solutions, we need to think outside the box. We need to generate that spark that burns away the cobwebs and illuminates what we couldn’t see.
People who engage their creativity–who play and have fun taking risks in being original and, to some, foolish, have a whole lot less cobwebs and a whole lot more vision. Not vision of what’s right in front of them. Vision of what is possible for the future. THAT is what the world needs. So there you go–there’s your permission to play, act silly, and take a chance just for the fun of it!