What is Creativity?

When you hear the word creativity, you probably imagine a sculptor carving a figurine out of a piece of wood or maybe you think of van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’, like I have. It occurred to me that creativity has often been associated with the arts and crafts.

“Why is that?”, I wondered.

You see, artists like sculptors and painters can turn their thoughts into something that becomes tangible or visible. But to be creative doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be an artist. Creativity is a skill anyone has and it can be used in many different ways. With a bit of our imagination and a chunk of logic we can create just about anything.

To create, according to a dictionary, means to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.

From a simple design to an intricate detail, it all starts with an idea. Something that sparks up the neurons which releases brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin which affect our mood. Having said that, it’s not always easy to think our way out of a problem. Finding the pieces to what puzzles us, can sometimes cause a disastrous brainstorm that will only add up to the stress. Ever notice how demotivated you start to feel or to an even extreme extent, want to quit because no formula seems to be working?

There is a familiar saying that you surely have heard a countless times: “Think outside the box”. Since the start of our youthful days we have been told to dress a certain way, act a certain way, even think a certain way. Society has pushed us in a rigid system where we have been modified to their standards. Expressing our thoughts has often been rejected because not everyone has an open mind and is willing to consider new ideas or other options. Yet, if you scroll through historic events, it shows how the bravehearted among us have created such remarkable masterpieces that all started with a rather unusual idea.

No thought is the same, we all have a different perspective of what the world around us looks like. We all have a different way of dealing with difficult situations, problems that occur in our everyday lives. To give you a simple example, throughout elementary school you were given several assignments. Small tasks ranging from freestyle drawing to making objects using things like plastic bottles, straws and yarn. On the day of presentation when every student got the chance to exhibit their work of art, it was evident that everyone had delivered something else, something of their own. Everybody has a unique approach, whether it’s crafting a table or coming up with a smart and effective solution to protect the environment. Everybody has their own creativity.

Sometimes the answers we seek can’t be found in books. We have a beautiful brain which allows us to think and find solutions to problems beyond the limits of our sight. So go ahead and unlock your creativity…


Written by Shiromani Tahal

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