Creativity – the way I see it

“When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.” Robert Henri - The Art Spirit, 1923

 

Well, I am one of those people to whom it was told to forget about art and music; I was supposed to get a proper education and have a proper job. On top of that I grew up during the ‘dark years’ of a socialist regime in Central Europe. Art and music was for those who had no talent for anything else.

As a child I played music, I sang, and I loved drawing. I was not especially good at them, but I loved them. I felt that these brought some colour into this grey world we lived in at that time.

Nevertheless, I forgot about singing or drawing and went to study economics to have a proper job later. I was really bad at it. So bad, that I hardly had any education at all. Eventually I found the mid ground and became a teacher.  I could not wait to get my degree and start doing something I actually liked. It was not my dream job, but at least I was not supposed to do something I really did not like.

A funny thing happened just before I went to University; I travelled to a far-away land, Mexico. I spend three months there visiting friends with my beloved grandma. What was interesting is that during this time I started drawing again. These drawings were rally dark, black&white drawings. After returning home I continued drawing, but only black and white.

Not until 1996 I started drawing with colours.  That was the time I decided to leave my home country and try my luck elsewhere. And the drawings started to flow like a river. A few years on I started singing again too.

The reason I shared the above is to make it easier to understand why creativity equals freedom for me. Especially freedom of choice; choice of who I want to be. Growing up during a suppressed era actually supported me greatly in cultivating a desire to get free and find myself. Often I find when we live surrounded with great comfort we forget about our dreams, we simply give in to the comfort and ease of life and vegetate until the end. My surrounding and constant discomfort kept me frustrated so much that the only way to ease my anger was finding out who I was and what I wanted out of my life.

Besides courage it took a great deal of creativity to set myself off on this journey and create a life I desired.

Creativity is Creation itself. I cannot create without knowing the Creator within. So, my journey took me to discover my different layers until I arrived to the Creator that resides inside myself. My only task is to find out what the Creator wanted me to create and in what ways It wanted me to e express us in the world. :)

“Of all human activities, creativity comes
closest to providing the fulfilment
we all hope to get in our lives.
Call it full-blast living.” Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

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