“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” -Tina Turner
There are several phrases out there in the modern world that have been bothering me for a long time. I just can’t seem to fully understand them. It’s as if they are in a foreign language or a forgotten language from my ancient past.
Here are the phrases:
- The courage to create
- I’m not the creative type.
To me this is basically saying that creativity is something foreign and difficult, taking either great courage or great effort, or both. I appreciate that some forms of creativity take courage and that to some people being creative comes more easily than for others. I get all that, but the concept of creativity being foreign or only for the special few just doesn’t compute.
So, here is my viewpoint. I believe that the ability to create, that is to take one or more already known things (or ideas or concepts) and put them together in such a way as to make something different that didn’t exist previously, or to develop something totally new. This ability to create is a major part of the difference that separates Homo sapiens from all other known animal species. My dog is really smart, but she can’t create. A chimpanzee can learn to use a stick as a tool for collecting ants, but she can’t create a better method, and then constantly improve upon that. Human beings create new things and thus have transcended the slow process of genetic variance and selective evolution. We have leapfrogged, through the ability to create, into rapid development as a species with a resulting enormous impact (both positive and negative) on the planet and our day to day lives.
To me, there is a “force” in each one of us that pushes us, literally drives us to create. And I also believe that if all people were free of social, economic or physical constraints to be able to pursue the human drive to create, not only would the global situation improve, but in general we would all be happier as individuals.
The drive for creativity is expressed in many ways. Why do people like David Kanigan (one of my favourite bloggers) wake up consistently well before sunrise to post blogs? It’s certainly not for the money or to be famous. Blogging has grown, and will continue to grow exponentially since it is one of the easiest ways for individuals to express and share their creativity with others. What drives the scientist, the inventor, the engineer, the factory worker who improves a machine, the mother who creates a story for her children or makes up a new lullaby? What drives the retired executive to sit down and write a novel? What drives children to build forts and playhouses in the woods?
Creativity is not bound by social, educational or economic status. Music is created in all societies, from all ages and at all levels. New ideas are created continuously. Maybe it takes courage to bring these new ideas to reality, but the drive to create is constant and ubiquitous.
Take my group of crazy, creative people, flyfishers. Even though they can afford to buy readymade flies, why do many flyfishers tie their own? The drive to create is everywhere. It’s a big chunk of our DNA.
So, let your creativity out at least once a day and you will be amazed and delighted. And the world might become a better place.
I think, therefore I am. I create, therefore I am more!
Tight Lines . . .
John R Childress