created to create.
When we are children, creativity comes naturally to us all. When you give a group a children paint and a paintbrush, it is rare that you will hear one of them protest and explain that they “just aren’t creative”. As we get older, many lose this sense of adventure when it comes to creativity. Upon the realization that other people might be better than us at painting or that our drawings don’t resemble real life, we give up. We deem that we simply aren’t creative.
This belief saddens me. There have been times in my life in which I have doubted my own creativity, yet God has shown me that we have all been created to create. He has done this through books, His own creation and His character.
Feeling inadequate against the mainstream idea of creativity is something I know a lot of people struggle with. It makes sense. Much like beauty, we have a societal norm of what we define as art or creativity. I would like to challenge that. Creativity is not about meeting a standard, or being “good enough”. It is not limited to painting, drawing or poetry. Creativity is unique to who you are.
Here are some ideas to cultivate creativity in your own life:
Try something new that pushes you out of your comfort zone
Make space for creativity throughout your week
Seek beauty in your everyday moments
Cook a meal. Check a cookbook out of the library and try a new recipe
Put together your best outfit
Design a space that makes you happy. Maybe this is a garden, a music corner, or just the wall above your bed.
Journal about the last time you felt creative (or if you ever have). You may have to go way back in your memories to elementary school art class.
Make a playlist based on a specific memory or theme.
Go to a greenhouse and spend some time searching for the perfect houseplant
If money is holding you back from buying art supplies--go to the dollar store! You can easily find a variety of supplies for less than $3
Do one of the projects you have on your Pinterest board but have never tried
Learn a makeup or hair tutorial on Youtube
Write a love letter reminding someone why they are important to you
Take a photo of something you see everyday but never stop to enjoy
Go through old photos and make a collection of ones that bring back good memories
Use social media as a space to showcase your interests, talents and passions.
Host a themed movie night
Write a letter to your future self
Invite others to do something creative with you. I find when we use community and creativity together, it can be really powerful
I hope these ideas inspire you to pursue creativity today.