where craftiness comes from: the courage to create

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Creativity comes in waves. Some days it’s full on and others it’s lacking that oomph. It can be just what you were expecting, or it can completely surprise you.

Having spoken to many different people who began their creative journeys at different walks of life and from very different upbringings, it has occurred to me that, like so many things, there is no one right answer. No one thing that sets us up to be more creative than others.

The one thing that sets “creatives” apart from others is that we actively do creative things.

As much as creativity can be encouraged throughout childhood, in the end it’s less about where our craftiness comes from and is more about the courage to let the creativity shine through. This isn’t just for those who follow a creative path, but also for those who choose creativity as their down time. There are so many other things we could fill our time doing that we need to remember that creating is special.

There is a beauty in allowing your mind to wander or to stop thinking about everything else for just a little while.

There is something amazing about being able to create something, however wonky or perfect that it may be, that you can never get from pulling it ready-made out of a box. It’s the feeling of accomplishment that comes from seeing something turn from materials into finished product. It’s the memories that the action created.

Creating is an expression of you. It can be a meditation or just a way of proving to yourself that you can achieve something today. Being able to use our creativity is a gift and I think it’s something to be thankful for, even if it doesn’t always turn out the way you were hoping.

Do you think so too?

5 thoughts on “where craftiness comes from: the courage to create

  1. Yes! Thanks for this much needed reminder! Deciding to use at least some of my free time for creative action instead of vegging is so important – I need to keep working on that.

  2. I guess there is no such thing as a ‘theoretical artist’. The world is full of people who plan on doing ____ someday, so it is great to be among the ones who have actually gotten in a done it, no matter the level of sucess.

  3. I ponder on this subject of creativity from time to time. I think we are all inherently creative and possess this gift. It’s just a matter of letting go of the “barriers” that prevent us from accessing it. Thanks for the reflection!

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