After typing up my ides for THATARTGIRL on Ron’s final chemo day, I sent everything I had on the subject to my friend Carrie who is a trained Professional Coach. She provided amazing feedback on my concept and helped me frame it for self-proclaimed non-creatives like herself. I try to plead and convince her that everyone is creative in their own way. She interrupts me every time and assures me that she’s not one of those people. Sure, everyone might be creative in theory but it just doesn’t apply to her. It occurs to me during this recurring argument that she’s just the person that I hope to win over in this process. Maybe my “Bob Ross-like” videos will do the trick. Since Carrie swears that she’s not creative, she thinks she needs some framing as to the benefits of creativity in one’s life. She reminds me that the creative vernacular is such a part of me that I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around not embracing the need to create in my life. OK, she may have a point; I do actually talk-the-talk so I hit the Internet to get a little help. I know how much making art means to me but I’m not sure I can express it as well as I would like. I can fumble through writing but for something this important, I might need help to get the point across in a clear and concise way. What I found below is eloquent and presented much better than I would have.
7 WAYS WE BENEFIT FROM CREATIVITY:
Become a better problem-solver
There isn’t a manual to being an artist, and there isn't a manual for being alive. Obstacles and challenges throughout life are inevitable. However, when we make creativity a habit, we continue to learn new, resourceful ways of solving problems in our artwork, and in life.
Connect With Your Community
When we create, we connect to other people doing the same and an instant sense of community is formed. Whether we’re exchanging ideas, providing feedback for our peers, or simply creating next to each other in silence, the sense of connection experienced as artists is undeniable and deeply rewarding.
Expressing ourselves can control the urge to buy impulsively. If we trade the activity of consuming for creating, we not only save money, but get a deeper sense of fulfillment. Additionally, the more we learn how to make things ourselves, the less we need to spend money on buying them.
Expanded Sense of Time
Countless artists have discussed the experience of timelessness that one encounters in the creative zone. Time feels limitless when we are in the Creative ‘zone’. Strangely enough, when we give ourselves time to creative pursuits, we gain time. Who couldn’t use the feeling of more time?
Self Awareness and Expression
Creativity is the route to authenticity. As we create, we plumb the depths of our being, accessing what we think and believe. The more we create, the more we discover and realize our habits, impulses and desires. When we take the time and energy to develop our own ideas, we respect our inner nature and become better able to express ourselves in the world on a regular basis.
There is no right or wrong way to be an artist. When we create, we are given the opportunity to engage with the world without judging ourselves. We have permission to take risks, try new things and strip away inhibitions in a healthy way.
Making art can be meditative. Taking the time to se our hands, minds and energy doing something we love is of upmost importance in life. Being creative makes us happy Art is FUN., and doing anything that brings joy reduces stress levels and improves quality of life. What could be more important than that?
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Adapted from Creativity: Why Bother? 10 Benefits of Expressing Your Creativity.