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Thoughts on Creativity…

The obvious answer to who is creative would be artists. Creativity seems to go hand in hand with art, music, and drama. However, creativity is more than simply being artistic or musically inclined. To be creative means that one has the ability to look beyond the obvious and come up with original ideas to solve problems, bring change, or inspire innovation. Ideas are the true seed of creativity and even those who have never held a paintbrush or touched a piano can be creative.

To be creative can mean being true to you and in some cases a bit of a non-conformist. Creative souls are the ones who are willing to take risks even in the face of adversity. However, this doesn’t exclude those who may be introverted and more apt to quieter acts of creativity. Creativity belongs in the world of the dreamers, the makers, and the passionate. Passion doesn’t always have to burn so strong that it burns out; it can also be a steady flame. The key is that it ignites some form of action. Creativity is all around us, even when we can’t see or touch it.

There are many ways to be creative beyond the tangible. Someone who is passionate about math is creative when it comes to finding alternative solutions to solving equations. A teacher is creative when it comes to finding connections for students and the materials being taught. Even politicians can be considered creative when it comes to starting a political movement. The process is just as important as the product when it comes to creativity.

I am a writer and an artist. However, that is not what makes me creative. My creativity comes from my willingness to try new ideas and to think outside the box. My creativity lies in finding solutions and ways to inspire others. I am creative because I dream of how things can be better. But most of all, I am creativity because I try to bring those dreams into reality.

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