I’m Not Creative – Sarah Douglas
Something I’ve become passionately aware of is the saying “I’m not creative”, that most people are so quick to blurt out. I would hear this or something similar, anything along the lines of stating that their brain doesn’t think creatively, probably at least once a day. This statement really annoys me and it annoys me because it’s 100 percent completely utterly untrue. It’s so far from the truth that it’s almost bordering on absurd (I told you I was passionate about this). You see, EVERYONE is creative. Creativity has somehow been boxed into a skill set that is about design and the look of things. Creativity is far bigger than what things look like.
Not to be ‘that person’ that starts off by giving you the definition of the subject BUT the definition of creativity is “A phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. This creative item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work, or a painting)”. I think it’s important to come back to the definition of creativity because somewhere along the metaphorical road the definition of creativity has been warped into and limited to the world of art and design.
Did you know that every conversation you have with yourself or with someone else is actually you being creative? You are creating sentences using words, what’s in your mind is being created so it can be understood and heard by somebody else. Every time you open a new document or spreadsheet on your computer and begin to type you are essentially being creative. Every time you find a solution to a problem or come up with a new way of doing something you are being creative.
God is our creator and He created everything we see and experience. He also never stops creating. He’s constantly creating, anything from new life to new balls of fire a million light years away from earth. I’m sure everyone would agree with me when I say that God is creative. I’m sure all of you would agree with me, if you believe the bible, that we are created in God’s image. Therefore for me it’s very clear that every human being is creative.
I think the reason we are often quick to state that we aren’t creative is more of a statement of insecurity than it is of truth. I believe that it’s actually a defence mechanism that people use because bringing a new idea or having an opinion on the way something should look or be done is in fact a scary place to be. It takes vulnerability and exposure to voice an idea and there is every chance that people will disagree or the idea won’t work out. One of my favourite quotes that I often remind myself of is “to live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong” – Joseph Chilton Pearce. Creativity requires you to be bold and brave but when you are creative it is one of the most rewarding feelings.
My challenge to you today is to think of creativity differently than how you have been thinking about it. Be intentional about trying not to box creativity into design or art but recognise that being creative is just as simple as bringing something new to the table. If you are someone who has said “I’m not creative”, can I encourage you to stop saying that, to recognise when other people say it and call it out. Our words have the power of both life and death and if we are conscious about not speaking death over our creatives minds then we should start to see our confidence grow and our world expand as we suggest and create new things.
Happy creating everyone and remember YOU ARE CREATIVE.