Are You Creative? Have You Ever Been Creative?
Is creativity just about art? Writing? Music? Design?
Nah. It’s about life. It’s about pretty much everything. Poke around a bit and find creative ideas on…
- Cooking/food: A LOT of recipes & ideas, both healthy & ummm… not so much! Because we all deserve to indulge now & then
- Arts/Crafts/DIY: YES you CAN!!!! Auntie Blues likes to keep it simple & fast
- Brain food to strengthen your mind & enhance your natural creativity
- And other fun stuff
Don’t EVEN think you’re not the creative type!!! Of course you are; you were born that way, just like me. And then some teacher or other well-meaning adult pulled out the equivalent of a can of Raid & sprayed that crap all over our creativity. Maybe Mom or Dad said you’d better have a backup plan in case your artist career couldn’t pay the bills. Maybe Teacher told you to “quit daydreaming” or “get your head out of the clouds.” And that was sometimes good advice, but in today’s crazy world, creativity has become more important than ever. According to Psychology Today: “Against a backdrop of uncertainty, economic turmoil and unprecedented change a new picture is emerging of the skills and traits for success (and perhaps even simply survival) in the modern era. At the heart of this essential skillset for the future lies… creativity.”
When we are involved in [creativity], we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
You may think creativity is all about artistic talent, storytelling, writing music or similar pursuits. Or course it is, but it’s also about entertaining bored children, making meals out of whatever’s in the fridge, modifying a recipe to make it your own, decorating your home, coming up with ideas for date night, not looking like Einstein on a bad hair day, even pulling yourself out of a funk.
Maybe you even think “creative types” are a little eccentric, weird & “different.” Sometimes, sure (I’ll cop to that)… but creativity is really about thinking in an unlimited way. It’s about making the most of your time, skills, resources & BRAIN to live life fully.
And do you know what else creativity is? It’s a very effective anti-aging treatment! Yup. Just ask Sophia Loren, who said, “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Don’t you just love that? We are all ageless and beautiful when we cook for our loved ones, finger paint with the little ones, write a love note to our significant other (or “bae” for those of you under 30), or create a beautiful centerpiece for the dining table. We’re at our hottest when we have spaghetti sauce (gravy for those of you who are Italian) in our hair and flour on our noses.
Besides, living creatively is freakin’ FUN! So come on along with me… and get your head INTO the clouds!