“Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless.”Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
For a long time, writing had been my little secret. Not only did I not want to share my pieces, but I was not willing to barely speak about the fact that I wrote. It was my safe haven and I needed to keep it hidden. Over time, I opened up and discovered that sharing entailed growing, evolving. I have encountered some very interesting and fabulous personas who have taught me how dwelling about our passions is a way for mankind to lift each other up.
To unveil the mask we have had to put up with for a long time is never an easy task. It means being ready to be under the spotlight, ready to be vulnerable and disclose the most authentic parts of ourselves. One has to be prepared for the potential judgements that may get generated as a result of this exposure. Thus, one has to fully accept who (s)he is in order to face all that artistry entails. For creativity is much more than mere individuality. It is a common power possessed by each and every one of us.
It is by attending an open mic for the first time ever recently that I grasped how much vulnerability can teach us. Vulnerability, in fact, is a teacher of acceptance. It was quite an eye-opening experience for me to realize that whether one could relate or not, enjoy or dislike a piece of art, it was not nonetheless demeaning its essence, this act of inventiveness and expressiveness.
“Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise…As creative channels, we need to trust the darkness.”Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
Creativity is not merely art in it’s widely known definition. It includes talking, walking, researching, everything that we do, and everything in between.
Creativity is an inquisitive and open mind at work.
Creativity is engaging with others.
Creativity is questioning our human nature.
Creativity is defying our belief system. It is going against, and with pride, societal standards.
Creativity is taking risks.
Creativity is being daring to go into the unknown.
Creativity is being willing to revisit the past, acknowledge what has been created and recycle an idea in our most unique way.
Creativity is uncovering the deepest, shadiest parts of ourselves.
Creativity is unveiling our personal truth.
Creativity is the path to self-awareness.
Creativity is the honesty which makes us break free.
Creativity is deconstructing and rebuild on the ruins.
Creativity is understanding.
Creativity is being equipped to provide advice.
Creativity is welcoming our mentor’s pieces of advice.
Creativity is exciting our senses, challenging ourselves.
Creativity is giving meaning to something, at times unawarely.
Creativity is spirituality.
Creativity is a fire burning inside your soul.
Creativity is giving.
Creativity is sharing.
Sharing is indeed the core of human nature. We aim at making great memories with our loved ones, telling one another our personal stories, sharing the journey all together, hand in hand. This is thus the reason why we are all creative beings, whether we know it or not, whether we hide it or proudly proclaim it.
How creative are you?