All my life, I’ve believed I don’t have a creativity chip because I can’t draw, paint, sew, knit, or do crafts of any kind. If it involves anything with my hands, I lack the natural ability to do it.
But, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that I’ve been way too hard on myself. Just because I lack ability in the most commonly recognized types of creativity, it doesn’t mean I don’t have creativity in other respects.
After all, creativity takes many forms.
Writing involves creativity. Baking involves creativity. I can do both. I’ve also always been able to think outside the box, which is creativity in a different sense. Maybe I do have some creativity, after all!
I think the biggest enemy to creativity is believing that you’re creative only if you can do certain things.
I was one of three kids in my family. One brother created elaborate things with Lego, the other brother drew elaborate drawings – mostly of Snoopy – and I wrote elaborate stories – primarily mystery. Three different expressions of creativity but I somehow convinced myself that my brothers were creative and I was not.
I was wrong.
Creativity is imagination… self-expression… something we all possess. I lost sight of mine for awhile but it’s back in focus now.
There are things I wish I had a talent for that I don’t. But, rather than dwell on what I don’t have, I’d rather embrace what I do have.
I’m free to be uniquely and creatively me.
So are you.