I can’t count the number of times that someone has said to me ‘I’m just not a creative person’. I used to say exactly the same thing. In fact, it was recommended that I not take art further at school because it just wasn’t my ‘strength’.
Sure enough, I didn’t pursue anything creative at school. I was categorised as an ‘academic’ person, whose strengths lay in the languages (funnily enough I’d count this as being creative in it’s own right, wouldn’t you?) I focussed on my ‘academic’ subjects, and then went on to university to study psychology. I loved studying psychology, and it was probably around this time that I started realising that I was, as I believe we all are, a creative person. I started making simple beaded jewellery as a hobby, and also developed an interest in photography.
We all admire creative people. And, in part we admire them because we perceive that they’re doing something we would like to be able to do, but don’t believe that we can. Where do these beliefs come from? Where do the labels ‘creative’ and ‘uncreative’ come from? Picasso once said: ‘Inside every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.’ Never a wiser word spoken. I believe, wholeheartedly, that in each of us is a desire and an ability to be creative. And, that being creative is actually essential to being happy, healthy and balanced.
I think the problem with creativity is that we tend to define it in extremely narrow terms. We are either an artist or not an artist. There is no middle ground. And the funny thing is, you’re probably already expressing yourself creatively without even realising that you’re doing it.
This post marks the first instalment in the mini-series we’ll be hosting here at When Caitie met Soda. Over the coming weeks, you’ll be able to read how other people are expressing themselves creatively; ranging from full-time artists, to hand-makers, to businesswomen in The City! We are, every single one of us, creative beings. So, instead of trying to categorise ourselves, lets celebrate the ways in which we are creative.
Until next time, friends,
Caitie and Soda x