There are three definitions that Dictionary.com defines creativity as:
1. the state or quality of being creative.
2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.
3. the process by which one utilizes creative ability
All these definitions are wrong.
Creativity is a verb. Not a desire or outcome. Creativity is, in itself, the gut-wrenching process of throwing yourself at whatever you’re doing. It’s not how many eyes saw or hands clapped for whatever you did. Creativity is tackling an insurmountable dilemma, failing, and eventually, discovering something novel to conquer your predicament. A classic hero’s journey!
Would Luke have conquered the Empire if he never carried Yoda on his back through that humid swamp of Dagobah? Would Harry Potter have defeated Voldemort without risking everything to attain the information necessary to defeat You-Know-Who?
What I’m saying is — Creativity is our personal hero’s journey. One that doesn’t need to be watched on TV or read in a book.
It burns me up inside when people say, “I’m not the creative type.” That’s a lie we tell to limit ourselves. If you’ve ever encountered a problem, you’re creative. Simple as that. No such thing as a person who wasn’t born creative.
To be creative is to create. Let’s stop treating creativity as a noun and more as a verb. It’s doing. It’s not thinking about it. It’s not dreaming about success. It’s about taking the time out of your day, especially when you’re tired and want to call it quits, to create something that has never existed and will never exist again.
I’m saying all this because in my time since moving to LA, I’ll admit that I’ve become creatively stunted. I don’t find myself producing anymore. And sure, throughout this time, I performed at a bar in West Hollywood, invested in musical instruments, and tried to sneak in more writing. But I still find myself yearning for something more.
Then 2018 hit.
My New Year’s Resolution is to be more creative. Create until I can’t anymore. Bleed dry with my music and writing because that’s what I like to produce in my free time. I’m going to stop substituting Netflix and write more thoughts down, mix more music, and enjoy my time. Please find your creativity this year and stop waiting for the right moment.