creativity (/krēāˈtivədē/). noun. The quality of being creative. The use of original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
Jock, drama geek, popular, emo, unpopular, hipster, hippie, preppy…I don’t know
What it is about humans labeling each other.
You’ll have to let me know if I’m accurate in this assumption, but I haven’t escaped the labels: older sister, whatever the opposite of sporty is, homeschooler, freshman, introvert, nerd (or if you’re nice, you’ll call me “analytical.” But yeah, a nerd), creative.
I like to make things. Projects, merchandise, recipes, messes…
Creativity is “in” these days. Indie handmade shops line the streets, staffed by hipster starving artists, while the rest of the world just uses Pinterest. We live in an era of sharpie mugs and t-shirt rugs and thousands of other DIY projects to get around to – someday.
But yes, I consider myself a creative person in a world already saturated with ideas, but yet I must be original. If God already made everything out of nothing, then there’s no pressure to create anything unique, right?
Raw materials put in place by my Creator. But as I make, reality states I’m only an imitator. Art and messes. My thought digresses (and this sharpie mug project is yet another failure).
So what’s my next project going to be? Next project…next project…
It’s almost like I have too many ideas sometimes. I can lie awake in bed at night, shards of ideas shifting in my head, and my brain keeps turning around and around, trying to piece together a design from the dozens of pieces of glass. All I want is to choose the idea that’s best, but choosing one means losing all the rest –
In summary, the point I’m trying to get across is that often, you just have to go ahead and do something.
Paint a picture, or just paint your nails.
Sew a purse, or maybe just the button back on that shirt.
Bake a cake. Learn guitar
Start a quilt. Knit a scarf.
Read all the books. See it through
Because having the privilege of imitating, getting to see the pieces of idea spin and align into an actual something…well…I wouldn’t trade the creative label for any other.
This is an edited version of a presentation I gave on creativity my senior year of high school, last spring. It’s been on my mind a lot recently since I’m trying to make more time for creative projects here at school. I’ll likely write more about them later, but for now you can check out my Etsy Shop and creative instagram if you’d like to see examples of what I make. Thanks for reading!