“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook
January is International Creativity Month – a whole month dedicated to Creativity! Well, I know that creativity is important on a daily basis. So many people believe that if they aren’t an artist that creativity isn’t important to them. Or, because the art they create will never hang in a famous museum, you shouldn’t presume to call yourself an artist.
I was one of those people. I thought I wasn’t an artist because I’d never have a painting hung in a gallery, or be awarded a prize for my pottery. It took me a long time to think of myself as an artist. To realize that the medium I am most passionate about is writing…and exploring other forms of expression gives me great joy.
Writing changes lives. I have been a journal writer for many, many years. I have found writing as a creative outlet is a tremendous healing tool. And taking ownership in my role in my healing has made a huge difference in my life; in the quality of the state of my mind, my body, and my spirit. After my breast cancer experiences, I was delighted to realize that the prescription at the ends of my fingertips…the power in the act of writing…and my attitude had and have as much to do with my well-being as any medication I put in my body.
As your Creativity Mentor, I share my own experiences and offer you ideas of ways to tap into your Creativity.
Consider these forms of creative expression:
- Do you like to cook?
- Do you like to garden?
- Do you ever read a map and choose a different route rather than the most practical…or wing it?
- Do you try new things?
- Do you take risks?
- Are you adventurous?
- Do you tinker and invent things?
Being creative is more than making art – it’s an attitude. It’s a state of mind.
What about you? After all this discussion, where are you creative? Hop over to my Facebook page and share, or show us.
photo credit: MEKnippel (painted by the author)