I’d like to start by saying that as much as Burnt Orange City seems to cater more to the art community, Burnt Orange’s aim is to also reach those who claim “I’m not creative”. If you’re reading this thinking, “yep, I say or have said that” or you know people that have, I’m here to tell you that those people are in fact incorrect. All humans are innately creative and I’d like to show you how so you can experience it for yourself.
When we connect with our creativity, we live with a stronger sense of purpose, freedom and meaning. Living creatively, is letting go of control. When we unfasten our grip on expectation and idealised outcome, we become more open to possibilities, ideas and new perspectives. We surrender to the flow of life and feel less pressured to make the “right” choices i.e doing the things that society tells us we should do.
Some careers may not look typically “creative” from the outside, but when we illuminate the creative aspects of ours daily lives and delve into what brings us joy and satisfaction, we access the power of creativity. So, what is a creative life?
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner – continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you – is a fine art, in and of itself.”Elizabeth Gilbert (Big Magic)
Now let’s take a look at some examples of where creativity comes into play.
A mechanic might claim they are not creative, but let’s take a closer look. Let’s say they’re fixing an engine and their usual approach isn’t working. Rather than giving up, they do a bit of brainstorming and come up with a new way of solving this issue. You might be thinking, but isn’t this problem-solving? Indeed it is. When we problem-solve, we are forced to think outside of what we usually do to come up with new solutions and ideas – this is creativity.
How about a doctor? Equipped with years of study into the inner workings of the human body, most people who work in medicine, usually come from a background of academia and science. How do we describe science? It’s innovation – an exploration into how things work – and this is creative! It requires time and energy trying different things and it requires imagination; the need to think creatively to come up with original ideas. As one of the world’s greatest scientists once said:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” – Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
I hope these examples help you to surpass the stereotype that creativity only comes in the form of brushes and pencils; and that creative people are free spirited individuals, or tormented artists writing novels or throwing paint at canvases. Yes, some artists may appear like this, but what these examples show is that no matter what your outer world looks like; your job, personality, interests, hobbies – we are all innately creative – and this is what Burnt Orange City is here to show. The more we tune into this creativity, the more freedom, motivation and inspiration we will experience.
How to tap into your own creativity
Grab a pen and some paper, get comfy and take your time to answer and reflect on these questions:
- When do you feel the most present and focused during a typical day?
- When was the last time you daydreamed and let your mind wander?
- Think back to the last time you made something. How did you feel making this? (this could have been for practical use or just for fun!)
- When did you last come up with a solution to a problem? How did this make you feel?
- What makes you feel most alive?! energised and free!
The common theme with these questions is being present and feeling satisfied in something you have created, without necessarily having an end-goal in mind. I hope they can help you connect with your own creativity and realise that you have all the tools within you to be creative.
Comment below and let us know how you connect with creativity!
Cover image: Zac Durant (Unsplash) Image 1: The Creative Exchange (Unsplash) Image 2: Ian Schneider (Unsplash)