Hello! Hope your weekend is going well! I am here to share with you the last in my short series on shared lessons in creativity. While the terms creativity, being a creative or creative living are mentioned often in connection with the arts, it isn’t restricted to the arts alone. The dictionary defines creativity as using your imagination and/or original ideas to create something. It was traditionally thought of as used to create art, but the truth is that creativity, in Brené Brown words, “it’s the way I share my soul with the world.” There are no restrictions; it’s how you do anything or everything.
1) So, it’s a way of life. Once you start exploring what makes you happy, you will see how that joy and knowledge can carry over into seemingly unrelated parts of your life. I want to share with you one of my favorite compilations on what some of the greatest minds of our time had to say on creativity from BrainPickings.
2) In my case, once I discovered the things that made me really happy like my writing and photography, I went through a phase where I was hurt and angry. I’d lost so much time buying into other people’s opinions on whether I was creative, and taken it for truth. And then I thought, what if I’d never found out? That would have been awful. It’s never too late to explore, because age is always going to be just a number. One of my most poignant memories of my grandfather is of him sitting with these lithographs of Indian gods and goddesses, and gluing sequins and other jewels to them. Of him being so absorbed in it, and trying to coordinate the colors. Now, I don’t know if this was a popular thing to do in India at that time, of embellishing religious pictures so as to make them grander and more like the ones in the temples. I don’t know if he did it for religious reasons or for art. But this is a memory I cherish because it reminds me that it doesn’t matter who you are, where in the world you are, or how old, if you want to do something you love. I am glad that I did try blogging, because it has led me to a lifetime of discovery.
3) My experiences have also also made me very wary of labels that we knowingly or unknowingly put on people, and especially on children. “You are creative but maybe,..” “You are not very creative, are you?” “It’s a good thing you are interested in math, because your art is.. you know” “Your fingers are stubby! No wonder you aren’t an artist.” “Her grades are just okay. It’s the arts for her.” UGH!! Seemingly small observations can have such profound after-effects. Beware of labels.
3) Was I concerned about the number of readers and visitors to the blog once I started? Sure! I think validation is something we all seek when we create anything. But you don’t create to gain approval, recognition, applause, money, fame etc. You create because it makes you happy. What bigger reward than that?! Let the rest go.
I hope you enjoyed reading this series of posts. I loved writing it and I hope to revisit this, and other related topics again! I love hearing from you, here, via email or on social media. Write to me! – Priya
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