© 2009 Marica

035 – Creative or not creative that is the question

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
— Henry Ford

“When did you become so creative?” she asked.

I was surprised by her question and unsure of the answer. I have rarely thought of myself as being creative. A part of me secretly liked that she thought I was. This must be a good thing because I wasn’t fitting her vision of what someone my age should be like.

After a while I replied, “I don’t know. I suppose I’ve always been this way.”

Have I really always been this way (whatever this way is)? What does being creative mean? Was I born creative (if in fact I actually am creative) or have I learnt to be creative over time?

Sadly many of us have been conditioned from a very young age to believe we are not creative. All too often I hear the words,  “I’m not creative” and the people saying them really believe this to be true.

“Just engage with your right brain” I want to shout out but no words come out of me.

We all have the capacity to be creative if we choose to access this part of ourselves. Creativity is about so much more than being able to produce art. I find it amazing what incredible things so called “non-creative” people produce and achieve.

I thought about all this as I noticed the massive banners flapping around in the freezing Wellington wind today. They show pictures of the 80 year old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama whose work is currently being exhibited in our City Gallery. I wonder if she has ever questioned her creativity. Somehow I doubt it.

Stop doubting your own ability to be creative and let those creative juices flow. Believing you can is the first step.

Manifesto
09. Every day learn something new.
26. Every day take action. Every small step counts.
33. Every day try something new.

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