So many people tell me that they don’t feel like they are creative. Do you have those feelings about yourself? Perhaps it wouldn’t matter, but creativity is definitely something you need, we all need, in our lives and so it is a worthy aim for this New Year to (creatively) work on our innate sense of creativity.
Why is creativity important in our lives?
Firstly, creativity and the urge to create is an innately human trait. As a species, we are tool builders and we have parlayed our fantastic capability to build tools to achieve incredible goals, such as getting off the ground to reflect as we look back at our blue planet, and pushing the frontier of our knowledge back towards the dawn of time. But, secondly, creativity is also a path inwards, towards our center as individuals and as social groups and without it we would not be able to communicate as effectively and eloquently as we do.
As being creative is innate to us, engaging in creative acts is something that is deeply pleasing. It takes us back to our childhood, before all the rules and structures molded us, to a time when we explored more freely. Giving reign to our sense of wonder and amazement at this incredible world, looking at the whole and the parts, then daring to rearrange the pieces to see what if, recharges our energy and invigorates our thought processes. By exercising our creative mind. we discover something new: new patterns, new connections and we communicate these new perspectives to others through the things we draw, paint, write, design and build.
The creative act is one of self-expression. Through practicing creativity we can explore who we are and arrange the pieces to give shape to our personal identity and the draw the bounds of our self-knowledge. Through exercising creativity, we build confidence in who we are as individuals and construct a foundation for our worldview.
The world of work is rapidly changing
As adults, we need creativity to be a part of our lives now more than ever as the world of work is changing so rapidly around us. 20 years ago most of us were clicking around in Windows 95, we accessed the 100,000 websites on the internet at 28 Kbps and to “google” something was not part of our lexicon. 10 years ago the iPhone didn’t even exist and texting a message took 1-3 key presses per letter. What is our world going to consist of in another 10 years, or 20? Being creative means we can exercise our skills at breaking complex problems up into manageable parts and reconstitute them into something that is comprehensible to us and communicable to others. Being creative gives us the confidence to take on our world, to see it as hackable, and to feel that we have the power to make a change. Being creative gives us the hope that we can accomplish positive change in the world instead of passively accepting the hand that gets dealt to us by others.
For our children, they will need developed creative skills to participate in the workforce, doing jobs we don’t even know exist yet. The World Economic Forum predicted last year that the top three skills needed in the 2020 workplace will be Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Creativity. These skills seem to be related, don’t you think? Not just in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, but all aspects of the workplace will be different through the growth and application of artificial intelligence (AI), digital fabrication and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The magic of exercise
The magic is that your creative powers can be developed, grown and strengthened through practice. From doodling on a piece of paper, to soldering up LEDs and coding amazing three dimensional light displays, you can build creative capability in 2017 and be better prepared for the world ahead. It is vital you bring creativity into your life and develop confidence in wielding your super powers!