Being creative is super important.
Albert Einstein defines creativity as intelligence having fun. Are
you still having fun? My guess is that some of that was
lost along the way.
As you grow, you lose some of the creativity that you had when
you were a kid.
Reality sets in. You begin to see things for what they are. Maybe
someone said your idea stunk or made fun of your dream.
Either way, your creativity has dropped into the toilet.
It doesn't have to be that way. That is one thing that has been great
about having kids. They remind you of all the great things that make
life so much fun. It comes out when they play. They imagine all
sorts of great things.
The other day, my husband hung a tire swing for my girls. They
pretended that they were swinging over a lava pit. They build castles
for their dolls out of blocks. And the drawings they create are amazing –
anything is possible.
NOW, if this is something that is lost to you and you feel it is a stretch to
be creative, there is still hope for you.
You can get that creativity back. Know that anyone can be creative.
It is going to take some practice. If it has been a while, start with
Begin by using your imagination. Close your eyes and think like a
kid again. When you were younger, the ideas flowed from many
different directions. Start looking at things for what they can be.
Spend some time doodling or coloring with your kids. You’ll get
more than just some great ideas. You will relieve some stress as
well as have some quality time with the ones you love.
When ideas seem to be at a standstill, borrow something from others
and put your own twist and flare on it. Pablo Picasso said, “Good artists
copy, great artists steal.” Your greatest idea may come from something
someone else has put together and you use it as your foundation for what
you want to build.
There may be times that you find you are heading in the wrong direction.
Don’t look at that as a fail or disappointment. Take a step back and
evaluate what is happening. You may find that some of what you
have is usable and you then build upon it.
The power is in the creating. Knowing what you don’t want or is
not working is just as important as understanding what you do want.
You don’t have to start with something big or profound. You just have
to get started.
Most importantly – HAVE FUN!