Connecting to Creativity

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Consider this as your pep talk. You, yes, you are creative. The idea that you are not is ridiculous. We all contain multitudes, so it’s just a matter of finding find your inner creativity within that infinity.

My History with Art & Creativity

At a very young age, I have always loved to draw. Was I the best at it, no. But I loved it regardless of having built up a skill with it. in high school, I honed most of my artistic skills. and though I wasn’t at the same level as some of the more talented students in the class, I was at a level that I was proud of.

Then I graduated and I no longer had time so my art was put on the back burner. Then one day I decided to take a college-level art class. All my drawings were terrible I had the knowledge but not the skills so I struggled hard in this class. Art and creativity, like any other skill, is a type of muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it and I have definitely lost it. these days I am more of an art enthusiast rather than a real artist.

Now it’s 2022 and because of our current pandemic struggles here in California, I have decided that I want to build that skill back up. because if we go into another lockdown I want to find a constructive way to use my time, rather than the typical panic-y stress-fueled mode I was in. Art helps me relax and feel calm and at ease.

Creativity is a mindset, not a skill

When I was younger I used to think that the only creative people in the world were professional fine art artists and musicians, but that is simply not true. creativity is about how you think, not about a particular skill you hone.

A few Ways I Express My Creativity Outside of Art:

  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Making videos
  • How I style my clothes and do my makeup
  • How I try to think about a particular subject
  • Creating Ideas

What do I get out of it?

The personal enrichment of being creative has many benefits. Once you start you can say, I am creative, because you will then have proof of your creativity through the skills you are trying to cultivate.

Another benefit is that there are several things you could do once you build up that skill. You could sell your creative work and build up some entrepreneurial skills or you could showcase it for friends or family. The possibility, much like your potential, is endless.

Do I have time to be creative?

If your creativity is a type of skill you want to build, then you might want to find a way to schedule it into your weekly calendar. For me, it’s on Sundays from 9 am to 10 am. Granted if I’m feeling a bit more creative during the week I will try to nurture that feeling when I have free time in my schedule. And if not, I want to condense that energy into another outlet such as writing or cinematography.

Tap into what makes you feel curious or excited. Those feel-good emotions will help carry you through the hard times. If you’re having trouble getting started or figuring out what kind of creative things you want to do, maybe pull out a piece of paper and make a mind map to get those creative juices going.

So did I do it? did I inspire you to create something? Give me feedback in the comments below!

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