The Michelangelos & Da Vincis of the world are few & far between. The patron saints of the Renaissance soul, they epitomize creativity & multi-potentialism. Michelangelo? Painter, sculptor, architect, poet…engineer. Da Vinci? Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, musician, mathematician, botanist, anatomist, writer, cartographer, etc. etc. etc. They are our shining examples of multi-passionate individuals.
Under them in the creative hierarchy? Brilliant minds, who specialized in one or two crafts and excelled in them. Monet. Mozart. Shakespeare. Spielberg.
Then we have those talented professionals, who aren’t famous, but have that same potential…the woman who paints colorful murals all over downtown, or the brilliant film student who’s a future Sundance nominee, or the quilter who’s won the state fair for 4 years running.
Under them, we have those creators who we know, but they’re not known by many others…they don’t aspire to win competitions, or build a shop of their wares….they may be the mom who crafts for school fundraisers, or they’re the sweet lady who crochets afghans in your church, or your sister who dabbles in painting.
And then there’s the rest. The poor souls, who just never figured out how to be creative. Right?
Wrong. There’s a devastating misconception out there, that some people just aren’t born creative. EVERYONE is born creative…but somewhere along the way, some of us lose touch with it. Perhaps we had stern parents who feared producing a “head in the clouds” child. Maybe life buried us, and we forgot to take the time to enjoy our abilities.
As a child did you ever…
- Create a block tower, that wasn’t on the box?
- Create a fort from blankets/clothing/pillows/couch cushions/boxes?
- Have an imaginary friend?
- Imagine creatures in the clouds, or branches?
As an adult have you ever…
- Put together an outfit that made you feel fabulous?
- Created a meal plan?
- Coordinated decor & furnishings?
- MacGyvered a repair?
All of these things (and so many more) are facets of creativity. It may be a tiny seed of creativity, but even the smallest of seeds can grow into something bigger. So no, you can’t become creative, because you already are creative. But you can nurture it, water it, expand upon it, and let it grow into something more incredible than you ever imagined.You can't become creative, because you ARE creative. Click To Tweet
What’s something creative you did as a child?