Creativity: Change the Way You See

by Sarah Brummels | May 9, 2018

I’m pretty sure I could be a billionaire if I had a dollar for the amount of times I have lived this scene:

Enter a kind, conversational human. Kind human gives a quick shrug of the shoulders lets out a hopeless sigh and says:

“I wish I was creative. But I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” Or,

“I can’t even draw a stick figure.” Or,

“I always thought it would be fun to be creative.”

Oh, kind human… you are creative. Creativity is not what you make, it’s what you see.

Every single person on this planet has in their lifetime, been creative. Creativity isn’t a zen mindset for the select few. You don’t have go by the name Willow and walk around in paint-crusted overalls to be creative.

Let’s remind ourselves of the definition of this elusive and often-desired attribute:

“[Creativity is] 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.”

Simplify some of these fancy words and you’ll see that creativity is, simply put, the way you view the world. I’d even say that the way we live our days is inherently creative. Your choices and actions are, in fact, creative. But somehow our days begin to feel so routine, so mundane and very much lacking creativity.

So how do we bring more creativity to our daily lives? If creativity is how we view the world, perhaps we should adjust our vision and change what we see. Try to do a little something each day that challenges you, and watch what happens. By changing even one little moment each day, you are opening up your life to new experiences, and those moments will inspire and shape you in new ways. Try a new coffee shop, take a different route to work, smile and say hi to a stranger. All these little things shape you and how you see the world.

Today I decided to change how I got to work: I rode my bike. I packed the laptop in a backpack, threw on sneakers, stole my kid’s helmet and went off for a morning adventure to work.

Riding your bike really isn’t that creative though. Or is it? Taking the same route to work on a bike instead of in a car was completely new and different. I noticed a beautiful small trail and bridge that I pass by every day but had never noticed before. I heard a cadence of sounds I never experience in my car. I “transcended traditional rules, patterns, relationships, or the like…” And I definitely had to get really creative when I arrived at work unprepared for the hot sweaty mess that I was.

Tiny shifts in your day and your patterns can birth endless opportunities for creativity. So think of that today. If you’re cooking dinner and the sun is setting, stop, slip outside and watch the sunset from your deck. Take five minutes and experience that moment differently. You may see a shade of orange you’ve never seen, and seeing the world with new fresh eyes is the purest form of creativity.