Unused creativity is not benign--it metastasizes. It turns into grief, rage, judgement, sorrow, shame. We are creative beings. We are by nature creative. It gets lost along the way. It gets shamed out of us. - Brene' Brown
We all have areas of creativity lying dormant inside of us. Those seeds of creative desire and expression begin to grow and take root as we water and cultivate them. We can start watering the seeds of creativity by giving ourselves permission:
- Permission to desire something beyond what you currently have or do.
- Permission to pursue those desires.
- Permission to be a beginner and start the process, even though you may not be good at first.
- Permission to fail, utterly and completely (this one is super important).
- Permission to try again (equally super important).
- Permission to play and have fun and not take yourself super seriously.
Desiring something new does not necessarily mean that you are ungrateful for what you have, or that what you currently operate in isn't good, it means that there is more inside of you to be discovered. You have permission to want more creativity and to try different creative expressions. You have permission to desire and express creatively in ways that no one else in your family, city, culture, community currently does. You have permission to be different, to stand out, to explore!
Fear is the enemy of Discovery. Fear tells us that we have to have the approval of everyone else in order to begin Discovery, or that what we discover must fit a certain mold. It insists that being a beginner is unacceptable and that we are too mature to play. In Chapters 7 & 8 in the Bright Ideas Book we find that perfectionism, always motivated by fear, will stifle your creativity by requiring you to be an expert as soon as you begin. Love motivated excellence is the antidote to fearful perfectionism. Excellence allows us to have a process and to create out of love for ourselves and our creativity. Excellence gives us permission to begin, learn, and play knowing that you will grow as you allow yourself to discover and cultivate your creative seeds.
God is the Ultimate Creator and gardener of your creativity. You are the garden bed, He sows the seeds of your gifts, talents, and desires. Everything that He creates is good and beautiful. You have permission to water your garden and enjoy the process of seeing what grows! You have permission to allow whatever God planted in your garden to grow and bloom. To not allow yourself Discovery is to deny that what He put in you is good. As Brene Brown said in the quote above, your creativity doesn't disappear when you ignore it, it dies a long, slow, painful death. Discovery breathes life into your creativity, allowing you to blossom into your true self.
Action: Craft a permission statement for yourself that you can write down and say out loud when you are starting to step into a new area of creative expression. i.e. I (your name here), have permission to explore and express ALL of my creativity.
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Virginia Beach, VA. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing music and blog post, designing pretty web things, drinking coffee, experimentally cooking, and exploring her city. You can listen to Emily's music, follow her adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or hire her here.