13 Apr Advice to Creatives: Start Doing Something With Your Hands!!
In the annuls of advice to creatives, I just came across this quotation and thought it was worth sharing. I really do believe that we have our creativity pushed aside by “real life”, but it is always trying to bring us back:
Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.
― Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
If you are ready to get started with your next creative project, there are lots of different projects on this site, full of ideas for ways to re-engage your creativity. Some projects are large and others are quick and small. Most encourage you to make something, but others ask you to write, draw, or take a photograph. The end result isn’t your goal – though I truly hope that by rediscovering your innate creativity it is beautiful – but the process of picking up tools you may never have used before. Is about getting your hands dirty and sticky, making a mess, letting go of perfectionism and just finding that creative spark that went dim when you had to move onto doing other things.
Our society has made being creative, or working with our hands something to look down on and belittle. This idea seems to have come from the idea that machines can make things faster and more consistently than people, but isn’t the whole picture. Wouldn’t you prefer to be surrounded by things that tell a story – that you know who made them and where they found the materials – than getting them from a chain shop so you have the same thing that thousands of other people also have in their homes.
So quietly and in your own time, start to do something with your hands. You may soon be taking my advice to creatives by unleashing your creative inner child and having a wonderful time!