The title for this post is a question sir Ken Robinson
recommends each of us to ask.
Instead of wondering "how creative am I?"
think "how am I creative?"
What is creativity?These are some of the questions that run through my head while I work on the Awakening Creativity series. I do not have all the answers yet, but from my reading, research, and personal experience I now firmly believe that creativity can be developed and nurtured.
Can creativity be nurtured?
Are some of us born creative while others are not?
Can I become more creative?
I believe that everyone can create. How I can be so sure? Because for most of my life I didn't think myself to be creative. For most of my life I was sure that some of us (like my sister who is an artist, or Eric, who was always involved in creative projects be it music, photography or graphic arts) are born creative, while others (me) are not.
I used to gawk at creative projects and felt like I could never come up with one myself. I was sure that my creative gene was simply not there. Fast forward to today, when my head is buzzing with ideas. I try, test, create, and share craft projects. Days when I do not create feel empty and dull. Today I believe that each of us has his/her own creative potential. I also believe that creativity is not limited to arts or crafts. You can be a creative mathematician, a creative researcher, or a creative homemaker.
My creative awakening began with a very mundane activity: cooking. About 10 years ago, when I moved out of my parents house I taught myself how to cook. I had little culinary knowledge and lacked any cooking experience. Like many others I began with cookbooks, cooking magazines, and blogs. I followed the recipes, learned different techniques, and in a couple of months felt very comfortable with my every-day cooking. In fact, I was so comfortable that I stopped relying on the recipes and began tweaking, adapting, and, at times, completely changing them to satisfy my taste. I no longer followed one set of instructions, instead I would find several recipes, combine them, adjust, and come up with my own creation. It didn't feel like a creative process at all. At best it felt like an attempt to vary my weekday menus.
One day, during one of those intensely interesting conversations with Eric, the topic of creativity came up.
-Well, I am just not creative - I said with a certainty in my voice. - I am not good at painting, I can not improvise when playing piano, and I do not dance, sing, or perform!
- But you cook - said Eric
.... and went on explaining to me that my creative strength was not in visual arts but in the culinary art, in the way I created new dishes, combined ingredients, mixed spices, and assembled menus. This was the first time I thought of creativity as something applicable to any task, any process or job.
If you never thought yourself to be creative I am certain you are wrong!
You might not be an amazing writer but maybe you are an inventive engineer.Truth is, you are creative in one field or another (or in all of them). You just have to find it. You need to find your creativity because it already found you!
You might not be a talented singer but maybe you come up with new games and stories for your little ones.
You might not be the next Picasso but maybe you find new ways of performing the same 'boring' task at work.
The beautiful artwork for the Awakening Creativity series is made by my talented sister Liza
Previous posts from the Awakening Creativity series:
STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
5 WAYS TO FIND YOUR INSPIRATION