Sometimes it’s better not to talk to a relative or close friend about your goal to pursue creativity. They’ll talk you out of it or they’ll say creativity can wait until you’re retired.
They’ll talk about how it’s impractical to be creative.
What if you told them you’ll just devote a half hour a day to it for your entire life? Would that make them, and you, feel better? Or, what if you told them you’ll mine creative thoughts while you’re waiting in line at the post office, grocery store, or going about your errands?
You needn’t quit your day job or stop raising your kids to be involved in creative projects. You just need to be organized and set aside some time to do it. If something urgent comes up, you can drop whatever creative project you’re doing. But, the inspiration to be creative can be seen, felt, and heard during moments of the day.
Have you, for example, ever talked to an artist-friend about your desire to pursue a creative path? You should! Speaking to an artist, for example, can help you set goals for yourself as a writer.
At various times during my life, I’ve collected quotes on creativity by accomplished people and put them in a file to re-read when I get discouraged or have dry spells.
1) Creativity takes courage.–Henri Matisse
2) To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.–Joseph Chilton Pearce
3) Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.–Bill Moyers
4) Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.–Gail Sheehy
5) I think most serious writers, certainly in the modern period, use their own lives or the lives of people close to them or lives they have heard about as the raw material for their creativity.–Chaim Potok
What Bill Moyers says, particularly makes sense, as sometimes creativity seems to find me. I often find the marvelous in something mundane. That’s why I write haiku– that captures the moment– besides other types of poetry and short stories. I write haiku in my head at different points during the day, while I’m waiting in line or commuting. I write long poems in my head while I’m exercising. Yesterday, I was out walking at dusk, and I was inspired to write a long poem on autumn wind. It was such a beautiful scene with crimson and gold leaves falling.
What Chaim Potok says, also makes me believe that creativity, in a sense, finds us. It’s always there with us, though we may not recognize the potential for it, until we commit ourselves to doing something creative. At that point, we draw upon our experiences that we’ve often considered mundane and never paid attention to.
Creativity is in your head and heart, and five senses, if you tune into them.
Everyone can be creative.
Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.