We are all creative

Creativity.

I love to ask people what they love to do for fun in hopes of indirectly sparking conversation on creativity. See, many people will tell me that are not creative if I ask about art or personal creative interests. Receptive of many creative forms sure, but not producers of it.

I do not for a second believe that there is any person that is not creative. So if you tell me that you are not I will always disagree.

As Jason Silva talks about in the video above, I really believe that there is something inside of you that you don’t really understand. Something that is begging to be recognized. Something that fills you with a sense of accomplishment and harmony. Creativity is something we all have the capacity for, and when we fulfill that we are met with a peaceful contentment. One that is quickly replaced by the desire to continue the process, to break the ceilings of what has been done before.

Creativity is both personal and shared. It is an expression of you that you can choose to give to the world, yet at the same time it is a development of yourself that will propel you forward. Creativity is doing something where you don’t know why it is right, all you know is that it is. You don’t know the answer, but creativity is the search for it. It is always crossing the line, it is always expanding. Creativity is growth, stepping out into the unknown. It is confusing, it is mysterious, and it is misunderstood. But creativity is what gives us life, and it is in the moments that make us feel alive.

Maybe you are not a painter. Maybe you are tone deaf and would never be caught dead in front of a crowd. There are forms of creativity that we commonly consider “artsy”, which I believe is a massive understatement of the concept.
Creativity isn’t just being “good” at something, it is just doing something with purpose and always striving to improve. It is expressing the energy that is inside of you, about sending out the signal from within.

It is about living with abandon, not knowing what you are doing but knowing that you are fully immersed in it. It has been described as the “flow” state, where all else falls away. You are completely absorbed, completely present. In a world where we are constantly fearing the future and dwelling on the past, I can’t think of anything more magical than being fully absorbed in the moment.

I think if we redefined what creativity is, we might see that part of being human is being creative. The ability to solve problems, adapt, move forward and overcome obstacles. Sometimes we just need to find the obstacle that we want to break through.

For me, creativity begins with believing that I possess it, that I have something to create. Then, it becomes about an exploration of a practice, any practice. Writing about what I think about the world, in ways that are deeply personal and unique to my experience. Singing in a way that makes me lose my sense of self and just float above it in a state of pure enjoyment. Making random things from an idea in my mind. Going somewhere new without having anything planned. Cooking something new, meeting someone new, trying something new. It always requires effort, but the reward is always worth it. Through creativity I discover the infinite nature of life, and a limitless number of possibilities.

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No two people are creative in the same way, so creativity must never simply be about competition. It is authentic, true and honest. The best part about true creativity is that nobody has the right to criticize its merit, so long as it is true for you (and not harming anyone else…).

We often let others create for us, so we can reap the benefits. Music, technological innovation, science, movies, the things we’d be lost without. But nothing compares to being lost in a creative moment. Knowing that you are contributing something absolutely unique to the world. And that’s a beautiful thing.

You are creative. I can promise you that. If you have discovered ways in which you have recognized your creative ability please do let me know, I would love to hear! If not, keep searching, I believe in you!

Sending vibes of love,

Emily

YOU can BE the change

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Sometimes it boggles me how the world got to where it is now. At least our North American culture that is. It seems that we spend hours upon hours online or reading books about how to overcome the difficult parts of life. Rejection, failure, oppression, improvement etc… There is no end. The self-help section of a book store sees insurmountable levels of attention. 
The reason this seems odd, is that we seem to be okay with things remaining the same, as long as we can gain advice on how to not let it suck the life out of us.
If people are what got us to where we are today, why can’t people change it?
Having a dream seems to be a scoffed ideal nowadays. People will tell you to get an established career and seek out your passions on the side, just so you are secure and safe.
After many years of progression into our current state of affairs, what would it take to change it?
It is no secret, it takes PEOPLE to change it.
There is no miracle, big bang or one person who is going to solve it. There is no quick fix. But that does not mean there is no hope.

No, it means you need to fight for your dreams because they matter.
Fight for them because they create meaning and purpose for you. When other people see it maybe they will go after it too.
If people got us to today, people will get us to tomorrow.

Going with the flow is easy, but if the flow doesn’t give you purpose then what is the point? It is easier not to push back, but otherwise you will be headed in a direction you never intended to go.
What is the point in living a life of security in a society that you dislike, around people that have different goals than you?
If life has one purpose, I would propose that it is simply that: PURPOSE. and if you don’t seek it, nothing will change.

It is easy to say. Much harder to do. I have a lot to learn, and a lot of mistakes to make before I even approach the fulfilling of a purpose, but all I know is I want it. I want it so bad. I want to be able to say I did not settle for what was expected, but I did something completely different. I want to be able to say that I sought out my unique passions, no matter the cost. I want to be able to say that I loved fiercely, fought hard, and didn’t stand for the things that meant nothing to me.

I want you to say those things too. I want you to fight for what you want because no one else is going to. I want you to believe that this world has a space for you, and only you can fill it. I want you to believe that your differences are important, the way you see things is important. I want you to know that money and success are overrated, and success is what you make it. I want you to believe that you do not have to settle.

When you stop settling, you may not see a change, but it is there. Being alive in your passions is sure enough to spark the world on the path of purpose. That is a beautiful thing that we are all capable of.

 

** This blog was written with the help of an instrumental, as most of these are, check out:

Nothing Was The Same – Young Oceans