The value of a creative spirit – and why you have it too
I’ve always kinda gravitated towards the world of creativity, from as far back as I can remember.
It all started when I was yay high in crèche (or pre-school as some call it) where my favourite pastime was sitting in front of a blank page experimenting with the palette that was my crayon box at the time. (Don’t worry I played nice with the other kids too.)
This later transmuted into me falling in love with writing where, in my adolescent years, I dabbled in music, poetry and then ultimately moved on to study the writing-based field of journalism.
Over the years, I’ve come to realise that this concept (creativity) isn’t necessarily reserved for the innately creative person or field, but is rather an integral part of almost everyone’s process.
Engineers, for example, may be bound by somewhat strict formulas and principles, but the nature of the field itself is about bringing something into existence, whether it be the building of machines, structures or the like.
Science, another left-brained or analytical field, also borrows from creative thinking quite a bit.
Celebrated German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (and not just for his funky hairstyle), once acknowledged the value of creativity in the scientific community when he said: “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.”
Alright, let me not get too carried away with the references, this isn’t a thesis after all (and I’m pretty sure you catch my drift by now – I hope).
We often get so absorbed by processes, parameters and best practices (even within creative fields, ironically) that we forget to take a second to simply “think outside the box” – or forget that the box exists altogether.
There’s absolutely no doubt that formulas and procedures work perfectly most of the time – but they also yield the same results, every time.
Creative disruption can cause people to see their world in a whole new way and imagine new possibilities (thanks again, Albert).
But, like science – and Herr Einstein, you need to learn and understand the fundamental principles and rules of your art or creative process, so that you know how to break them intelligently when you need to.
The difference between playing it safe and growth is enhancing your knowledge with your creative input – at least in my opinion.
Then again what do I know, I’m just a creative.
* Creativity [/ˌkriːeɪˈtɪvɪti/]
the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.