I am a creative person. I love to write, paint, build things, and make music. Some of these things I definitely do better than others, but I love all of them. I don’t think I’m special or unique because of this; we are all creative. It always strikes me as odd when someone says, “You are so creative, I’m not creative at all.” or “You are so talented, I could never do that.” These are lies that have been told to people by themselves or others. And it makes me sad.
When people believe they are not creative, they are denying a truth that is hard wired into every human beings DNA. They may not be creative in an “artsy” way, but that does not mean they are not an artist. Some people take flour, sugar and eggs and turn them into delicious breads, cookies and cakes. Some people take wood, glue and nails and build functional and beautiful furniture or structures. Others start with an idea, skills and determination and create a new business, product or invention. My mom can take a few skeins of yarn and turn them into a blanket. All of this is art. All of it is creative.
When someone buys the lie, that person and the world are robbed of the beauty that he or she has to offer. We all have wonderful, beautiful and unique “creations” to share; and we should share them. The world needs it. Other people need it. When we “create” it offers hope and adds value to the world. Sometimes it inspires others, and can even move them to action. If we all stopped offering our artistry to the world, none of us would be able to bear it. Life would be nothing more than existing, surviving. So, share your creativity; bring your talent to the table. The fate of the world just might depend on it.