If you look up to the very right of my blog you see that the words «Creativity is within us all». That’s because I really believe creativity is accessible to everyone. Yes, we often hear or read this or that artist has an amazing talent – meaning he or she was giving a gift by birth that makes him or her more creative than other people. I am not denying there is such a feature as talent, but being creative doesn’t only relate to someone who is a van Gogh or an Avedon. Creativity can be expressed in so many different ways. Some do it with painting, some with photography, some with how they furnish their home, some through cooking, some with words, some with dance, some with playfulness. And so on. There are no limits to how we can express our creativity. And we all have access to it, one way or another. Sometimes we just have to rediscover our creative well.
It’s true a lot of us forget to stay creative as we grow older, but didn’t we all paint or play or build with toy blocks when we were kids? What was that if not being creative? Some of us are able to keep the mind open and stay playful even as we grow up – which is a prerequisite for creativity. But for nobody does creativity come easy or by itself, not even for the most talented ones. If you don’t stay in touch with your creative well, it will slowly wither and disappear out of sight. But even when you can’t see or connect to your creative well any more it’s still there. You just have to dig it out again. It might take some work, but it’s there.
Too often I here someone say «I don’t have any talent». And too often I believe it’s an excuse for not trying to connect with whatever creativity they might have. They have given up, or they think of talent as a wishful quality they were never given access to. But the truth is if we don’t want to work to stay creative even the most talented will loose their creativity. The good thing, though, is that even the most «untalented» has an abundance of creativity within her- or himself. Having said this it might not come as a surprise I really don’t think there are any untalented persons. Whoever thinks of theme self as untalented, only need to uncover their creative well.
This is really the bottom line. Creativity is something to be uncovered, not something to be wished for. And when you start to uncover it – simply by starting from wherever you are creatively speaking and not expecting masterpieces right away – you will find that it is not a scarce resource that runs out if you draw on it. On the contrary, the more creative you are the more creative you become. The fact is creativity is limitless. As long as you keep staying creative, you will never run out of it.