i think we're all born with a creative voice inside of us. something that seems to tug on our soul like a little kid pulling at her mother's shirt: "look at me, look at me, look at me,"
i think we all have something. even if it's not something that fits within the typical parameters of what the majority of the populace dubs "creative work."
i'm a writer and i make up stories and write them down, sometimes poetry too: creativity.
but i'm married to a man who is a fight fighter - who is also in the Air Force; his jobs involve science and physics and mechanics, but yet when i listen to him talk about what he does, i'm always blown away by how much innovation is required, how much adaptation is needed: creativity.
an entrepreneur and a mother of two rambunctious girls with imaginations bursting at the seams: that's my mom. in the past i've often heard her say that she doesn't necessarily consider herself to be a creative person, and yet i've watched her foster a thriving small business, and raise my sister and i, constantly adapting, changing, learning and trying new things: creativity.
it constantly blows my mind when i'm talking to someone and they make a comment something like
"oh, i wish i was creative."
that's when i start sputtering and a thousand words want to come bursting out of my mouth at the same time - because i want to tell them that they are creative; i want to pull up the definition of creativity on my phone and scream it from the rooftops:
"the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination"
"creative: having the quality or power of creating."
we all have this power to create - we were all born with this ability; to turn our thoughts into manifestations that bloom on the outside of us like flowers pushing through the snow in spring.
we are all creators, paving the pathway ahead of us with the brushes and the paint that we choose; we are the artists, the michelangelo's of our own sistine chapel's; the Spielberg's to our own silver screens. whether you're painting portraits, writing books, dancing, rapping, building a career in photography or art or something else, you are a creator.
even if you're working for someone else right now, you are still holding that brush in your hand. you still have the ability to splash the reality around you with the colors you see in your mind; you have the ability to create an impact, no matter where you are, and that's the biggest and most important thing you could ever create.
sometimes it might just be one kid word, or one idea...i don't think any of us can even begin to fully grasp how much something even as "small" as that has the potential of changing someone's life - maybe even the world.
we are all creatives. we are all creative. every day, whether good or bad, we're creating something. our brains, our hearts, souls, spirits, they all work in unison to create and birth new ideas into the world. we're creating an atmosphere around us, and people can feel it when we walk into the room. that's why it's so important to be aware of the fact that, despite what you might believe about yourself; you are making things. you are creating all the time.
you are a creative being.
so let's embrace that. let's stop cutting ourselves short, telling ourselves we're static in the realms of creation simply because what we do may not fit into the lines somebody else drew in the sand. the rules are just sugar in the rain when it comes to creativity.
i am creative and I write novels. my husband is creative and he's in the military. my mother is creative and she's an entrepreneur and a mom of two girls.
and you? you are creative too; whether you are a writer, a painter, a dancer, a rapper, a youtuber, a photographer, an employee, a barista, a student, or a burner of midnight oil, juggling it all at once. you are constantly thinking and picking up that paint brush every single day when your feet hit the floor. regardless of whether you realize it or not, you are creating all. the. time. affecting those around you, and shaping your world; creating your atmosphere.
and you have the ability and the potential inside of you to make anything. anything at all. and that, in my opinion, is a freaking superpower. let's use it to make some good things; to make an impact. and make this world a little lighter.
embrace your creativity, creator.