Creativity. The need to create. It’s a strong force. For me, and I’m sure many of you, if I go for too long without creating anything, life becomes very flat; grey; blah. Is it like that for you?
I want to share a quote with you that I read recently. (actually you’ve already read it in the title)
“A lack of creativity can be fatal.”
I read that and it instantly hit home with me. We are creative by nature. It’s one of my favorite parts of being human.
Creativity – Making the Effort
I woke up last Sunday with a very strong urge to create. It had been a while since I had actually lifted my camera and made a photo. But on this day, I consciously was determined to make a photo that I liked.
I hadn’t made the bed yet. I grabbed one of my guitars and an old rotary dial phone. That’s all I needed. Well, those items and the soft morning light coming through the window. I set things up a couple ways and ended up with a couple shots that I liked.
Make the Choice
Sometimes that’s what it takes. I just have to consciously decide that I’m going to create something and then just do it. When I do that, life is great! My mood, my energy… the day is just so much better.
Creativity In All Forms
Yeah, I love photography, but it doesn’t have to photography for me to feel creatively inspired or satisfied. I also love to draw; to write; to put together a collection of photos to make a new book. I love make prints of my photos and I love to play jazz, play my guitar.
How About You?
My reason for writing this article today is for any of you who might relate to this. I can go for a while without creating anything. Photos, drawings, whatever. When I do that I do notice my mood, my energy is low. I need to be better at consistently reminding myself to consciously make the effort to create, to make stuff.
So if you’re feeling that you’re maybe feeling a bit low, create. See if that doesn’t get you going again.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Can you relate? Do you have methods that you use to maintain your creativity; your flow? Yeah, please share.
And if any of you know the origin of this quote, please let me know. It’s one of my favorite quotes I’ve ever read.