There is much to this and yet nothing at all. There are creative people and then there are those that have little. Or at least it would seem. In truth, I feel, we are all creative in one form or another.
Where does it come from?
Each of us is here on this earth for a purpose. That purpose may be clear or it may not be. That depends on how deep the person in question has questioned and evaluated, delved and decided, probed, pricked, and prodded themselves into near oblivion in an attempt to find that purpose. Even then they may not know or be sure.
Doubts can come out of the blue. They can come as a result of questioning one’s self or as a result of a question by someone else. Other obstacles often come into play that can stifle one’s creativity. Those obstacles could be a friend, lover, family member, wife, husband, or enemy (which in my opinion is any of the above that attempts to prevent someone’s creativity). While it may not be intended to hurt, it does. While the person doing the repression of this inspiration in others may not even comprehend their part in this subversive activity, it does happen. Doubt is planted and grows with each successive injection of the poisonous plethora of degradation to the attempts to succeed.
I have a friend (at least one) that is a writer. If she is reading this, I hope that this encourages her to continue. Yes, she needs to slow down on some things, but this is a passion for her and she should pursue this passion. Her creativity as a pianist confirm her ability as an artist and I am fully behind her in her endeavors as a writer. I feel there may just be too much going on in her life at the moment to focus. Life will do that to you too. Children, houses, feeding yourself and or family, all of these things and more can get in the way. If you (people in general – not you in particular) are not careful, these things in life become so overwhelming that the most important things, your true purpose, will get swept under the rug or just put off till it is so old that it doesn’t have the life it once had to you.
So… this purpose… where does it come from? This is one of those “meaning of life” things that just really has no clear-cut answer. What I do know is that it is already a part of you. You ARE actually born with it. It is inside itching to get out. Many times we (ourselves) are the ones that hinder its growth. Either because we are afraid of what others will think if we DO do what we want to do with our lives, or it could be any number of things. Maybe there isn’t much money in it and our values have been skewed. Maybe the time involved or the time we have allowed to slip by has caused us to doubt that we can or could accomplish our dream. Still, that dream is there.
There is a song on the newest of the Zac Brown Band CD that I had the opportunity to get just recently that says a lot regarding this. The singer is Nic Cowan. The song: Reno. While Country Music is not always my first choice (not even usually), I don’t just listen to the music. I listen to the words. They are MORE important than the music (though the music IS important to me). Reno tells the story of several lives and the question asked each of the individuals in the song is the same. “What is it that drives you to create?” In each case, though said in just a bit different way each time, the answer is still the same. Each says “I never had a choice to make.” In his own way, the writer shows that it is from within. It is a choice that was already made for them.
Elizabeth Gilbert, in her speech she gave at TED ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA ) on “A New Way To Think About Creativity” said of the Poet Ruth Stone that she would feel the inspiration for her work coming at her as if it were a train coming over the hills and would rush through her. In similar fashion I feel that each of us has inspired moments. It might be as simple as teaching a child how to tie their shoe or helping your son build that hand carved race car for Scouts. It could be in the creative ability of baking or cooking. It could be a skill you have in woodworking or with electronics or with automobiles. It could be your ability to dance or to sing or to play. In some way YOU ARE creative.
Amy Tan (again on TED – http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/amy_tan_on_creativity.html ) tells of how her creativity evolved. How as a child there were numerous influences that could have and maybe even should have stifled her creativity to a point that most of us would have hidden from ever attempting to be seen as creative.
But it comes out in those that would allow it. It (creativity) abounds for those that are open to it. If cultivated, creativity can flourish. If encouraged and supported we could see much more that we have yet to see in any lifetime.
We as beings are in a place in which magnificent things could take place over the next decade. Brilliance of a level never seen before is on the horizon. Insights, abilities, information, intelligence, all of these things are exponentially increasing at a rate most of us can not fathom. Talent exudes from our youth. Open mindedness is key to this increase of awareness.
We do ourselves an injustice by closing our minds to the possibilities. By boxing things up and putting parameters on thought we hinder, delay, or even destroy many possibilities. And yet, do we? Is it the actual possibility that we hinder or just the possibility for us or our children.
Someone once wrote that “no opportunity ever goes unclaimed. It just gets claimed by someone else.” How many times have you said… I thought of that (x?x) days or months or years ago. If I had only done this or that then I would have made MILLIONS off of “MY” idea. You see… the opportunity did not get away from someone. Just you. Why? Because you did not ACT on your creative insight.
Creativity comes from within you. You can not really deny it though you can suppress it. You CAN hold it down. You CAN stifle and stunt its growth. But you know it is there. Hiding it will only cause you suffering.
To Morgan: I honestly hope that you will cultivate your artistic ability. You have a profound ability that you have yet to tap to its fullest.
There are others that I would love to write things to here. Maybe I will write it to them directly. Maybe I will get the chance to tell them how creative I feel they are. Some of them are really so brilliant that I am honored to have known them even for a time.
Beauty abounds. Look past the surface. Hold on to what is good. Tell others what beauty you see in them. They may just need the encouragement to bring that creativity to life in themselves.