I see people everyday who proclaim to not be creative. They can’t draw or play a musical instrument or write a story, and they will say “I’m just not a creative person.” If this sounds like you, I am going to hopefully change your way of thinking by the time I’m done here today.
Society tends to condition us to believe that creativity must manifest itself in specific ways. This makes it easy to identify creativity in others. We see an actor or a musician perform, and we see the creativity in action. The same holds true when observing a painting, a sculpture, or reading a book. But the creativity we see so easily in others can often be difficult to find in ourselves.
We will sit down to draw only to find that we cannot draw the things we see in our minds, or we try and write but the words do not come to mind to narrate the story in our heads. Some will frustrate themselves trying to learn to play an instrument that never sounds as good as we imagine the tune when we close our eyes.
Additionally, society tends to ignore many other obvious creative outlets. If you look around with an open mind, you can find creativity in every profession. Maybe it is the job itself, or the way the worker completes the task, or perhaps the way in which he finds enjoyment in completing his job in a particular way. Creativity is everywhere and it is an innately human thing that you can’t possibly be without, no matter how you might have been trained to think otherwise.
Everyone can draw or write or play an instrument, given enough time and practice… but for some it comes more naturally than others. Our creativity manifests itself in different ways, and that’s normal. If you give up being creative because you can’t draw, you might miss your calling as a musician. You might miss your calling as a writer if you quit because those piano lessons frustrated you until you began to withdraw. Or maybe you should be a computer programmer or a manager or a leader of others… all tasks that require creativity that is often overlooked.
Because of our societal conditioning, we try to force our creativity through a specific medium. The trick is learning to allow your idea to dictate the medium of expression and not the other way around. If you can learn to do that, you might be surprised at what you can do. In fact, you might even find you can do some of the things you thought you couldn’t do, just not in the way you thought you were supposed to do them.
So, don’t force yourself to write or draw… don’t beat yourself up if you can’t play the instrument you think you need to be creative. You have an idea that you want to express, that’s the heart of creativity! Let your creativity drive you, instead of you trying to drive your creativity, and you might be pleasantly surprised at where it will take you.