What do you want from creativity?
Updated: Jan 26, 2022
This is a fairly large question to ponder, I know. What do you want from creativity?
Do you want creativity to live front and center in your work? Do you want to be an artist? A designer?
Do you want to use creativity for personal growth? As a tool in self-reflection and self-understanding? Or to help you heal?
Perhaps you want creativity to help you think through big issues and understand them more deeply. Maybe you want to use creativity in your activism.
Or maybe you simply want creativity to provide an escape from your daily routine. You want a place, or a practice, where you can be free and joyful.
I spent years using creativity in my life and work without asking this question. Things were good, but they didn't always feel in focus. As if my glasses prescription was a bit off making me feel slightly out of balance But when I intentionally asked myself what I wanted from creativity, pieces of my puzzle began to fall into place. They didn't always fall neatly and in sequence, but I began to find clarity and a path leading me to this moment. I still ask myself this question on a regular basis. It's like a check-in with myself to make sure I'm still on the path I want to be.
It's helpful to take a step back and ask yourself what you want creativity to bring you. And if you are not sure, write about it. Take 20 or 30 minutes and see what emerges. And then do it again the next day.
I would love to hear what you want from creativity in your life. You can comment below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please, if you haven't yet joined my email community, sign up here. You will get more information about how to nurture your creativity and take the steps you want to build the creative life you yearn for.