When I ask clients what media they use for creative expression, I often hear the reply, "I'm not creative." And I am reminded how limited our culture's view of creativity is. Many of us see creativity as only involving:
And it is implied that one has to be proficient at it before it can be called creative.
In other words, the stuff we learned to identify as creative in grade/high school. All those technical, within-the-lines activities that stifled the soul. Which is ironic because the magic of creativity is its expansiveness. It's something that feels good and allows connection with life itself.
Creativity doesn't have to be about output and it doesn't have to be "good." If we look at creativity this way, we see that there is no end to the possibilities.
Creative Outlets (besides the usual)
Interior designing/colour coordinating furnishings
Designing playlists to suit your various moods
Dancing (see playlists above)
Doodling or colouring nothing in particular
Making home movies
Gardening or just playing in the dirt (did you know dirt has built-in anti-anxiety properties?)
Coordinating your wardrobe
Recording a podcast
Playing with your make-up and hair style choices
Making a collage
Journalling or free writing with no specific purpose
Chatting up your favourite tree in the forest
Creativity is any activity that:
Gives you pause
Puts you in a state of wonder
Invites you to have a new perspective
Quiets your monkey-mind
The next time you are asked how you express your creativity, how will you answer?
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