I am in awe of children. Not just because they’re amazing, funny, adorable and (mostly) sweet and kind and wonderful…
But because they are creative geniuses.
They create with reckless abandon: Free. Unattached. No rules. No expectations.
They aren’t worried about whether or not it looks ‘right’ or if anyone will ‘get it,’ appreciate it, love it or hate it.
They just do it because it’s fun. That’s all. It’s just fun.
I want to create like that.
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I have a wonderful idea and it looks beautiful and sparkly and perfect as it sits safely inside my head, and then when I try to bring it out, it looks…well…different. Sometimes it loses all of its luster and charm. Sometimes it’s been slaughtered to oblivion by my own lofty expectations. Sometimes it comes out okay, but looks nothing like it did in my imagination. And sometimes it surprises me and comes out even better.
It can be frustrating, but it can also be enchanting, mysterious, and the closest thing to magic that I’ve ever seen.
I wouldn’t consider myself a naturally creative person. I know creative people. I was raised with naturally creative people, and no, I am not one of them. However, that does not mean that I don’t also possess the possibility of creativity…I just have to work a little harder at coaxing it out. So my point is, everybody has the possibility of creativity. Everyone. Including you. The key is to nurture it, honor it, and practice pulling it out of your head and into the world.
What do you like to do? What do you admire that someone else is doing? What do you wish you could do if you had an unlimited source of time and money?
The fact that the desire is there—whether it speaks to you softly or yells out loud—the fact that it is there at all means that it lives in you; breathes in you; loves in you, and has chosen to be expressed through you.
You’ve just got to open yourself up to receive it, and then release it out into the world.
And yes, there will be fear. You may be too terrified to even approach the possibility of bringing your ideas into the world. But let me tell you something:
It doesn’t matter if you can’t do it well.
It doesn’t matter if it’s been done before.
It doesn’t matter if you’re too old, too young, too big, too small, too busy or too scared…
Do it anyway.
You know why?
Because the joy is in doing it.
The joy is in the process of creating.
Create like a kid;
Make it messy.
Make it bold.
Make it unusual.
Make something that makes everyone who thought they knew you; think twice about how well they really know you.
Who knows what will manifest once you begin? Maybe it will be great. Maybe it will suck. Or maybe it will be better than anything you had ever imagined.
It doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you create because you love to create—you were born to create. And the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Follow your passion and honor what pleases you, because when you do, you’ll unleash your potential and ideas will flow like an open faucet.
Make a baby.
Do it badly or do it beautifully.
For only you or everyone else.
Make it big or make it small.
Most importantly, make it fun.