A Note about This Feature: Why Wednesdays is a Move Eat Create weekly feature determined to turn the mid-week doldrums upside down and celebrate things I love to do and blog about. Currently, the focus is on creating and creativity.
In my opinion, creativity so often gets a bad rap. It’s too often thought of as something that a select group of people have. And while it may be considered fun, it is not necessarily considered ‘important’ by the standards of society at large. It is not uncommon for creativity to be relegated to the ranks of crafters, kooky ‘artsy’ types and children. There are two main things I would like to say about this.
First, this attitude is problematic because crafters, kooky ‘artsy’ types, and children contribute wonderful things to our world which should not be undervalued.
Second, and probably the most consistent theme that I hope has come through in this series, is that creativity is so much bigger than that. It is not the sole domain of specific, select groups of people. We all have at least a little bit of it in us and it shows up in a wonderful hodgepodge of ways.
Plus, where the heck would we be without it? Museums would be empty. Restaurants would serve unseasoned rice and noodles. Everyone would wear black. Movies would tell the same stories over and over again (okay, sometimes it feels like this last one is already happening).
Science would be stunted. There wouldn’t be an iPad. Forget about giving your kids an Etch-A-Sketch or occupying their time with crayons. There would be no building forts out of cushions and boxes. There would be no Martha Stewart. No Warhol or Da Vinci (and subsequently, no wonderful Doctor Who episode about Da Vinci). No jazz. No Broadway. No Eiffel Tower or Golden Gate Bridge. No Sesame Street. No Choose Your Own Adventure books. No yarn bombing. No fancy cupcakes. No Bob Ross and his happy little trees.
Am I being melodramatic? Maybe. It wouldn’t be the first time. But, maybe not.
Our world moves forward with little steps (a new yarn shop on the corner!) and big ones (a new space mission being launched!) because of individuals who have creative thoughts and aren’t afraid to let them out. Every clever new idea, every visionary plan of the future, every inventive contraption adds a little something to our world that we didn’t have before. Some creative output fails and some prospers, but it all matters. It all teaches us and inspires us and keeps things churning.
It is all valuable and we all have creative instincts in some regard.
So what are you waiting for?
Where’s your creative energy at today?
Previous Entries in This Series:
Why Creativity Counts #5: It Connects Us
Why Creativity Counts #4: It’s Handy When You’re Cheap and Broke Frugal
Why Creativity Counts #3: Self-Sufficiency
Why Creativity Counts #2: It Makes You Smarter
Why Creativity Counts #1: Because It’s So Much More Than You May Think
Coming Up: Why I Eat . . .
Great post! I not only enjoy the topics you address in your blog posts, but I admire the way you write about them. If you ever think you might be interested in contributing a post to the cook to love project, please let me know. I’d love for you to be a part the project! –Laura
Laura, I would be thrilled to contribute! Thank you so much for the invitation. I just set up an email for the blog, would you like to contact me at email@example.com to let me know any details?
So agree with your take on creativity. My creative instincts kick in about 5 miles into solo runs. Once in a while, I actually act on them post-run.
Ha, ha! Acting on them afterwards is the tricky part, right?
Oh yes, acting on them – and remembering those creative thoughts when I return to the other parts of my life at the end of a run. Somehow, leaving myself a voice memo on the iphone during the run takes away from the moment.
I agree! If we stop being creative we’ve locked ourselves inside the box…I’d rather get thinking outside the box as much as my little brain will allow!! Long live imagination!!
In reality I think creativity pervades just about every profession so it really is something that we should be trying to foster in future generations!
I couldn’t agree more. And it makes me sad that it seems like so many creative opportunities are getting lost in schools.
Creativity in doing or thinking or being is life enhancing.
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