Ode to creativity

Creativity is a gift we are born with (despite how corny that might sound) and it’s what we’ve used as toddlers to figure out the world around us. Creativity is that child in each of us, one that we carry with us throughout life, without knowing sometimes.

I take care of my inner child and my creativity by giving it time and attention and in turn, this side of me rewards me with a childlike curiosity, excitement, and joy that otherwise I would not know.

I have been using my creativity my entire life, although I never tried to use it intently until a few years ago. Ever since I started to use my creativity intently and write about it I am noticing some changes…

Creativity adds color and further definition to the lens through which I view the world around me. I can see the nuances better, and the black and white mindset slowly fades away.

I find that ever since I became intent at using my creativity in day to day life, I enjoy things more than I used to and I’m in an almost constant state of excitement (various levels of it anyways) that continue to be fueled by a genuine curiosity about the wealth of possibilities I’m privy to.

I find myself more open to other people’s ideas as well as my own. It’s a very different and interesting experience to actively step away from my linear type of thinking to a non-linear one; a type of thinking that breaks the boxes and labels, preconceived notions, assumptions, expectations, and patterns of behavior and relating.

I am able to listen to other people better and found that by using my creativity I am able to put myself into a different frame of mind and change my perspective which helps me figure out solutions.

I am better able to be authentic in my relationships with others and I feel happier on a daily basis (with the common ups and downs) because it seems that the things I do now, are much more fun than they used to be.

Above all, creativity revealed to me a part of myself that I didn’t know I had; a playful side of me that I really like. I trust my abilities and feel more confident with who I am and what I do. This side of me dismisses my inner critic and is quite positive (how could it not be when it reveals all sorts of possibilities?).

Go on, get to know your creative side and make an effort to be intentional in using your creativity no matter what you want to do.

Don’t just cook dinner, explore the possibilities of what delicious foods you can create. Challenge yourself! Take a different route coming back home from work and see new and unpredictable things.

Open yourself up to the possibilities.