These days in the magic world of internet we are looking at various content tagging creativity, inspiration, guides on how to be creative. Many bloggers are now trying to teach us that creativity can be practiced as a routine, a skill which can be mastered. But where does creativity hide and what does it even mean to be creative?
To overcome the global conspiracy that creativity is strictly reserved for artists and innovators, people made of ideas and company owners who move the world forward, we will have to go down the memory lane and remember what it was like to be a five-year-old living in a fantasy world. Ask yourself, once again, what do you want to be when you grow up? While waving around with wooden sticks pretending they were light-sabers, or creating the whole love story for your Barbie doll, you were reflecting the world around you. Creativity is what drives this imagination - every child is creative.
So what happened with this creativity? Where did it go? How do we bring it back and use the most of it in our personal and professional lives? Well, first thing you need to realize is that you are still as creative as you once were. Take a look around you - the colors you surround yourself with, the books you read, fantasies you catch yourself daydreaming about. Creativity goes beyond developing a "creative industry" or creating a piece of art. Creativity is in every new idea that lights up your mood and gives you goose-flesh.
"The key to unlocking your creative potential" is accepting this idea you are so amazed with. Stop putting yourself down. That's too big of a bite for me - isn't a real thing. Of course, not all of us have the same set of talents and skills, but that's why it's such good news that team projects actually exist. Talk about it to your friends, let it out, share it and develop it. Who knows where it might take you?
If the idea is driving you crazy and you're so passionate about it, there's no reason not to go for it. The only thing coming in your way is yourself. So get out of your way! Go out there and do something amazing!
And stop reading guides for creativity.
About the author
Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.