Let’s say you’re a blogger or writer. You probably see the need for creativity on a regular basis. As you plan out your posts and thoughtfully craft your sentences, you rely on many techniques to keep your work interesting and memorable. If any part of your livelihood (and therefore your paycheck) relies on creative thinking and solutions, then it’s sure to have a meaningful place in your life, and you see the importance of sharpening your skills.
But what if you don’t feel like your job or your life depends on it, why should you really care about it…at all?
Edward de Bono woke me up with this statement, “Creativity is the most important human resource. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
Could you imagine a world that was on constant repeat?
Not only would that be boring, but also frightening. And if you think about it (like in terms of a song that never stops playing on the radio) it would also be annoying.
When we frame it up in this manner, we realize that spending time coming up with new ideas or “piddling around” with words, craft supplies, or music isn’t being frivolous. It’s necessary.
There’s even scientific evidence that shows creativity can help us live better, happier, healthier lives. I read a beautiful post that describes creativity as “a way we wrestle and thrive and search and grow and learn and make sense of the world. It’s how we find our purpose and our joy and our way through long, dark days until we get to better ones.”
So if you take away only one thing from this post, hopefully it’s a need to express your own creativity.
If you’ve been struggling with prioritizing your time or rationalizing why you should take up crocheting or tackling a few of the DIY projects on all of your Pinterest boards when you have kids to pickup from school or there’s laundry piling up in the hallway, this is your permission slip to do so.
Go explore. Get messy. Grow through your experiences – and help keep this world off repeat, damn it.