I have a very firm belief (right or wrong) that everyone is creative. Creativity is expression. It is communication. We are built for communication. Maybe we haven’t all put in the 10,000 hours towards painting. Or, maybe paint is not our medium. Maybe, it really just isn’t in our top 5 most important things in our lives. But, we all find ways to communicate.
That being said, some of the most common things said to me during art events are:
I’m not creative.
I’m not good at art.
I collect because I can’t paint.
I wish I could paint more, but I just don’t have time for it.
And, because I feel so strongly that we are all creative. I have felt the need to gently argue my point. Which… falls upon the conversation like a lead balloon. (Awkwaaard.)
After this most recent episode where I finally learned not to argue this point at the risk of hurting the feelings of a kind stranger, I was all fired up to argue that everyone is creative in this blog…
We are all creative, but maybe with different mediums (cake? cars? collections? numbers?)
It takes practice. You can’t go into a pro soccer game and expect to be amazing.
It’s ok to have other priorities without taking on the identity of a non-creative.
Your art collection expresses your creativity too.
And then I had my aha moment… (aka, oh bleep!, I’ve been thinking about this all backwards).
When I tell a craftsperson that I couldn’t do what they are doing, it usually means I greatly admire what they do, and for reasons that are personal, could never see myself doing that. At the end of the day, it is probably the very highest compliment I could give. (Whoops!)
So now, when someone tells me that they are not creative or can’t paint, I promise to recognize the kindness behind the words and practice loving acceptance. (I just might secretly ask the universe to help someone find, acknowledge and prioritize their creative voice, though. Just sayin’.)
— R. Bangs