What is a Creative Individual?

Definition – ‘creativity’

‘The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.’

Oxford Dictionaries

I consider a creative individual to be somebody who spends time regularly in creative pursuits, thinks creatively, or identifies themselves as being creative. There may also be those who consider other people to be creative, as in a well-known creative person.

How to protect the integrity of creativity?

There are some things I associate with a creative mindset, and others I do not.

  1. Creativity always benefits from time, whether this is from making time to pursue creativity or taking a break from non-creative work.
  2. It’s also about balance. Too much non-creative work will exhaust you and stifle your creativity, whereas too much time engaged in creativity may leave you uninspired or lost.
  3. If you’re looking for immediate creative results in a creative project, as opposed to a flash of inspiration, you may be approaching it the wrong way. If creativity doesn’t require perseverance and patience, then it ceases to be a journey and becomes instead a role carried out for another purpose.
  4. There should be an intention to share creativity with others. There is a time when your pride and joy is only yours and there is a time when you should release it, in an acceptable form, for others to appreciate and enjoy. It’s a form of communication of what is most dear to you, and if you stop that communication or withhold it you burden yourself, hiding who you are.

What is a creative lifestyle?

Living a lifestyle conducive to creativity could be said to be a lifestyle free of routine, repetition, and standard practices. It can be an environment where new ideas spin around and the individual thrives from them, moving creative projects forward. It’s where you always feel you’re moving forward, following the feeling, cementing the old, experimenting with the new, and finishing with one part only to begin another. You’re never finished. The old informs the new. In this sense you could say that creativity is timeless.

Should I choose to be creative?

That’s a difficult question to answer, in part because for every person who identifies as being creative there may be as many, if not more, that do not identify in this way. Some of the things that are seen as the antithesis of creativity include routine, repetition, traditional ways, conformity, rules, and black-and-white thinking. These modes of thinking are prevalent in society and perhaps in every individual, to some extent.

It’s possible to enjoy the antithesis of creativity because it can offer reliability and security in an unpredictable world that is changing at a fast pace. It’s also of use to governments, administrations, and large businesses to create a structure for success and the carrying out of important tasks. It’s a way of making sense of the world and getting answers but it’s not what we would call creative.

Some of the advantages of creativity include thinking out of the box, developing new ideas, practising, experimenting, collaborating, embracing difference, appreciating art or objects of value. Many creatives are isolated, though some decide to make an active effort to network or reach out. It seems creative pursuits do not often conform to established systems of working and socialising, and time spent on creativity is time lost on scaling the system of work and social life.

It seems almost banal to choose creativity when there is much to be lost, and yet lots of people, including myself, do choose it. It offers self-fulfilment, individuality, expression, and a particular branch of skill or knowledge that you may not get elsewhere. You have a feeling you’re moving forward and that feeling is sometimes all you need in the absence of physical or visual evidence. Creativity can be synonymous with happiness, in this sense.

How does society view creativity?

Society does not often place high value on creativity unless you’re well-known, or you have an established audience. In this way creativity itself is measured by numbers, of people or money, in determining the value of its contribution.

How society views creativity does not always stop people from engaging in creative pursuits and it shouldn’t. It’s my view that if there were more creative people or what they did was accepted in most of society, people would be rewarded or appreciated by society for offering something different and unique in a world that demands the same, regardless of how far their contribution had travelled.

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