Have you ever wondered about your own creativity? Where it comes from? What purpose does it serve in your everyday life?
For me my creativity and freedom to express it, has been essential to my life. It's not something I'd be willing to live without. Lately I've been wanting to better understand its origins and its value. Perhaps, I'd even like to argue that I think creativity is essential for humans to practice with regulalrity.
As an art educator, I’ve taught 18 month old toddlers through adults, and the toddlers, the under 6, hold zero doubts about their creative selves. They are ready to jump into any endeavor with enthusiasm and without fear. It’s as we grow up that we learn to doubt our own creative urges. We believe that if we can’t do something in a perfect way that it is not worth doing. I am here to argue that like physical exercise, like intellectual learning, we have to practice being creative throughout our whole lives. I’m certain that if we do, we will be living more fully for ourselves and our communities.
Creativity is about nourishment, joy, and sharing. It's also about observation, wondering, and solving prolbems. I am going to continue my quest for creativity, because I want to understand more specifically how it enriches us, why it’s essential to our being human, and what it has to offer the world.
So Far, this is what I believe with regard to creativity:
A Working Creativity Humanifesto
What are your thoughts about creativity? How do you practice creativity in your everyday? Do you want to develop your creative practice further? What would you need to help you develop your creative practice?
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Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.