The second post in my creative series enjoy..
I often come across people who ask me to validate their creative choices. To like their work, their selections, colours, choices etc. It is as if they are asking permission to be creative, waiting to be validated in their choice to progress further in their creativeness. They are trusting a stranger (me) to validate their decision/choice for them. I am happy to help, but I am saddened to find that there are so many adults disconnected from their own self-expression. I am not surprised. It is in childhood – our formative years when we receive those messages that our choices are not good enough. That these choices deemed as “mistakes” void our success. As teenagers, we have the urge to conform and we lose that creative ability. It is no wonder that as adults we feel our creativity is not good enough.
We are all creative. You have the right to like what you like and don’t like even when it is not popular. We are all diverse and that is what makes us interesting. Despite what you have been told, there is no right and wrong when it comes to creativity. You can experiment, it is the only way to find out what you like and why it suits your style. Each creative path is different a bit like each person’s fingerprint is different.
Sometimes you will stumble but pick yourself up and it will strengthen your senses. You will become surer of yourself and more confident in your abilities. Too often we assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of “creative types”. Every single one of us is creative. We all have that creative potential in our lives through work and personal. Creativity allows us to innovate how we approach and solve prblems.
Be aware and careful of who you listen to and what advice you seek. Some people are destructive intentionally or not. Pay attention to your gut instinct, take what feels good and right and ignore the rest. Let your mind wander and allow the creativity to flow. If something pops jot it down, doodle – do whatever works for you. Sometimes that idea will work and sometimes it won’t. That is okay, just take care of your creative soul.