Every single human being is creative.Forget the prejudice that creativity is saved for the select few. With a willingness to learn and desire to start, anyone can be creative. So get going. If our creativity is an organ we need to start thinking of it as a vital one. When we commit ourselves to nurturing our artistic capacities we improve our ability to more deeply discern the world around us and make the constructive decisions needed in order to thrive in this world.
When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist. The result is an inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining book. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.
Our ecosystems are failing under the human comfort society we have installed in the late years. We have also installed something even more disturbing than comfort: our excessive lust for power (and money) our excessive collection of Things, lots of Things. (Dont you think sometimes you have enough Things?)
Being creative can be very impactful for the future health and happiness of our species and also it can have an impact other animals, birds, insects and plants.
When Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” he was asking us to understand how bringing new ideas we create for the world is always more important than stagnating under templates of previous paradigms.
When people find themselves stuck, no longer able to write, paint, dance, we need to build a bridge back to that essential, more daring and innovative part of themselves.
It is absolutely necessary, right now, at this very moment, to embrace our creativity. (And I say this because I am stuck and I need to reconnect and embrace my creativity as well…)
No matter who you are, having a daily creative practice can expand your ability to better form the important questions we need to be asking ourselves about how to best change the (destructive) direction I think we are headed.
If you used to paint, paint again. If you used to write poems, start writing again.
If you used to make small things, sowing, baking, decorating…anything…
The potential magic of this world requires our participation.
Make it happen again!