There are many ways we can express creativity in our day-to-day lives and environments: writing, music, sculpture, colouring-in, fashion, craft, painting... Creativity nurtures us, builds our sense of self, and connects us with others. It's an excellent way to align our inner and outer worlds. By creating, we take what we're experiencing inside and express it outside, which helps us to make sense of our lives, better articulate what we're feeling, and communicate with others in ways that can include (or be beyond) words.
Here are a few ways to encourage your creativity:
- Make it part of your daily life—consistency gives our minds space and safety to open up
- Make 'mistakes'—they can make your creation more beautiful and accessible
- Try different mediums—take a single idea and express it in paint, words, music...
- Collect ideas that inspire you, perhaps on a noticeboard or in a folder you can flick through
- Take the day off from consuming information and entertainment and use the energy to create
Nurturing creativity in others is also important; remember to embrace rather than judge. I recently 'commissioned' some garden art from my 10-year-old son. I told him that I'd like some sort of timber sculpture for my garden and then I let him loose in the shed. He made two beautiful pieces (in the photo above) using timber offcuts and tools we already had. I proudly admired his work and promptly displayed it in the garden in a place where we view it often. The weathering has made it even more lovely.
How do you express your creativity? How do you encourage it in others?