I was speaking to my good friend @gabrielletreanor yesterday, and as we often do when we talk we began talking about the role creativity plays in our lives.
As we were talking we discussed how often creativity is perceived as something that is confined to the act of painting, drawing, printmaking or making music.
When I say what I do for work, people often say to me, 'I'm not creative' - & I can completely understand why they would say that, especially when creativity is seen to be contained within such strict perimeters.
It can feel alienating, intimidating & exclusive.
But the truth is we are all creative, we are born creative & we all have the ability to a live a creative life (>>without ever having to pick up a paint brush or pencil if you don't want too!<<)
Simply by being a human being you are tapping into your unique creativity.
Creativity underpins everything we do.
Examples of everyday creativity are;
- deciding what to wear in the morning
- creating a playlist for your commute
- moving books or ornaments on a shelf so they look pleasing to you
- choosing how to move your body in a yoga class
- deciding to add a little bit of cinnamon to your home-made tomato sauce recipe (seriously try it!)
These are all decisions & choices made through you and by you; you are making choices that express your ideas, your preferences and your taste in things.
You are expressing yourself and this in very basic terms is what creativity is; an expression of YOU.
So the next time you say to yourself, I'm not very creative or you feel your creativity is just confined to when you pick up your paintbrush or pencil I invite you to see how creativity is in fact infused into your life; showing up in everyday tasks you may overlook.
With awareness, attention and intention we can draw these creative acts out & life immediately begins to feel a little (or a lot) more joyful, fulfilling and brimming with creative possibilities & opportunities to express yourself.
How were you creative today?
I'd love to hear ...comment here of feel free to DM me for a chat!