When I first started this column over a year ago, I was interested in finding out where our creativity actually comes from. Was it our upbringing or formal education? Was it just natural or something that we have to find for ourselves?
The answer is not as clear as I thought it might be. It is all of that and more.
There is creativity and craftiness within each person you meet.
There is no one way to find it; it can be encouraged or supported or it can be found through something that you learn. I spoke to many creators in all different fields for this column, and I found that creativity can just appear when you need it most.
For many of us it is an outlet, first and foremost, before it’s a job or a career. It allows us to be ourselves in the best kind of way. It is something that makes our hearts light up and feel just what we need to.
Many people talk of creativity in terms of following our dreams and making a difference, and that is true, but it’s not all of it. Craftiness comes from the heart. It’s in our everyday decision-making and there when we take the biggest leaps, whatever they may be.
I’ve learned that there is a big, friendly community out there that is just waiting to support and encourage that creativity, even if we can’t find it within our own family or friends. There are people out there who get it and know the ups and downs. I think it’s important to realize that, and to cherish it for what it is.
Support can come from the strangest of places, if we only care to look.
Craftiness and creativity are a journey where we grow and learn, not only about the craft itself but about who we are as people and where we want to go. It gives us a chance to believe in ourselves in a world that doesn’t always think that that’s ok.
I think, in the end, what I learnt from this column and all the awesome people I interviewed is that it isn’t really about where your craftiness comes from, but where you take it, and where you let it take you.
If we can all embrace the creativity we have and the creativity that we see in others, we can make a better future for all of us.
Don’t you think so, too?
This is my last column for Scoutie Girl. Thank you so much for reading, it’s been a pleasure to go on this journey with you. – Dannielle