Hello my beautiful blossoms!
Today I'd like to talk to you about creativity! When we’re young, we have no clue of what’s right or wrong. A kindergartener has no reservations about going up to the boy playing in the sandbox by himself. A first grader will raise her hand and ask a question, without even thinking about how it might make her look. When we’re young, we are truly and unapologetically ourselves. But with age, we’re taught to not stand out. Don’t wear that shirt, it’ll make people look at you. Don’t raise your hand to ask a question, the rest of the class will think you’re stupid. Don’t pursue art, you’re never going to make money that way. The older we get, the more we learn to conform and the less we act like ourselves. And with that, we tend to lose touch with our creativity. We lose sight of who we are really are, and instead conform to what we’re told to be.
Getting back in touch with yourself and your creativity is not an easy process. When you are taught to be a certain way, it’s difficult to train your brain to think differently. But creativity is not a single, straight line. It’s a hundred different lines, all jumbled on top of one another. Creativity is trial and error, it’s relearning who you are. Creativity is different for everyone.
Whether you’re an artist, a musician, or a creator in general, we all go through down periods. Periods when our brain is full of emptiness and nothing seems to spark our creativity. And in times like that, there are myriad of ways to get yourself out of your funk. All creators know that the best ideas spark at the most random times. Keep a journal with you at all times to quickly jot down when you find something interesting. Often times, creativity comes from emotion and thinking about happy moments in our life. The best art is usually inspired by happy memories. So, think back to those blissful childhood days in the playground and see where your mind travels. Inspiration tends to come from the work of others, so finding creativity can come from rereading one of your favorite books with a fresh pair of eyes or locking yourself in your bedroom and listening to music that scratches your brain. Try putting away your phone and spending time with yourself, getting in tune with your own thoughts and emotions.
The best creative moments strike when we’re least expecting it. We can’t plan or predict them, but we can do things to get our brain flowing. But at the end of the day, even the best creative thoughts are pointless if you’re afraid to do anything with it. Being different is scary, no doubt. Standing out among the crowd takes courage and practice, but it makes you a stronger person in the end. You might be told to not pursue your passions, because they're different or weird, but it’s important to recognize what makes YOU happy. Remind yourself of those childhood days on the playground- five year old you wouldn’t be afraid of sticking out. Don’t disappoint her.