“I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” I can’t count how many times I have heard that statement from people of all ages and backgrounds. It got me thinking. Nobody has a creative bone in his or her body. We have all kinds of bones, but nowhere in our skeletons is a creative bone. Even famous artists and writers don’t have creative bones. OK, you say, it’s just an expression! True, but it’s that thinking there’s something missing that seems to stop many people in their creative tracks.
Here’s what I believe – Everyone is creative. Some argue that you have to be in the arts to be creative, but writing, painting, drawing, acting, and photography are just a few ways to express our creative selves. Cooking, gardening, decorating a house, accessorizing an outfit, and restoring old cars are also creative endeavors. Even starting and growing a business is a creative act.
So what is this creativity all about? Your creativity is a blend of ideas, imagination, curiosity, and a willingness to jump in and bring something new into existence that is unique to you. When we think about it that way, the realm of creativity opens up and is accessible to everyone.
Why is this idea so important to me? Because when I was a kid, I had a lot of imagination and I like to try new things. It didn’t matter if it worked out or if I was good at it. I just wanted to try. I lost that creative spirit along the way, but I was delighted to find it again a few years ago.
This blog is about exploring the mysterious realm of creativity and discovering and developing our creative potential. My hope is that what you find here will give you ideas to ponder, cause you to ask “what if,” and inspire you to use your creativity to pursue your unique way of expressing yourself.
No one has creative bones, but we all have a creative spirit.
© Lynn Wyvill 2010