Everybody can be creative – you just need to find an outlet that works for you.
Ten years ago, if you told me that I would be writing children’s books and making art as a living, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. I would have politely smiled and nodded. The fact is the artist was always there just begging to be let out. It wasn’t until I owned up to who I truly was, that I found my path in life. The way I perceive the world, feel and love is through the lens of an artist. It’s when I speak my truth that creativity comes knocking.
It’s also about getting acquainted with your inner self. Sometimes when we give ourselves the time to grow and develop, the creative genius will appear. What drives your curiosity or excitement in life?
Finding your creative side will be different for everyone.
The key is to find your source of inspiration and apply it. Find the space or the things that help you clear your mind and integrate them into your day. Recharge the thinking and ask, “What am I curious about?” and “Why are things the way they are? Could I get excited about this?” Put your phone away. I mean really put it away, like in another room or turn it off. Concentrate and focus on what draws your attention when you’re in your space or surrounded by the things you like. For me, this space is nature. I need to move to think. I need to be out on a good walk or hike surrounded by absolute beauty. I need to feel and take in everything that’s around me before I can ask the “What” questions.
Start by defining your creative intent.
Whether you’re a dancer, gardener, designer, software developer, chef, business owner, photographer or writer define yourself and own it. Perhaps you’re not entirely sure yet who you are and that’s okay too – just continue to be curious enough to find out. No matter how many times you might fail at figuring this out, never falter from the path of living a creative and enriched life.
Honestly, the fun is in the journey of creating, not finishing.
When I first started painting in watercolour, I lacked patience. My artwork did not always come out looking like what I pictured in my head. The same went for my writing. It would spill out onto the keyboard in one heaping mess that lacked clarity. The way imagination envisions the final piece is different from what I initially thought. And I know I still have a long way to go when it comes to creating better books and stories.
Take the time to work it out – remember it’s a process. Don’t get discouraged if the work takes a different turn. The spin on things could be that creative genius popping its head out. The journey will require patience and lots of practice, even with the mistakes, because it will teach you a lot.
Make art, build software or invent something just because you enjoy the process, while not worrying about what other people might think. It is very liberating. Focus on the technique. Collaborate with others to get new perspectives.
Shake the routine up and work with new materials, or just go with the flow and build/develop/make solely because you enjoy it.
Now go get inspired! I’m rooting for you.