The word ‘creative’ is used as an adjective most of the time. But in my former advertising career it was also a noun. People referred to me as a creative, and they often referred to my output as ‘the creative’ too.
(On occasion I suspect they referred to the work as something far less complimentary beginning with the same two letters, but let’s perhaps not go there. Everyone has bad days.)
All very confusing.
When we were young, I’m sure you and I were both creatives. We made things, we drew, we painted, we cut, folded and glued. We imagined.
But then in many cases, something happened. You grew up. You were expected to follow the rules, to paint inside the lines, to conform rather than rebel.
To consume rather than create.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. Making stuff and coming up with new ideas is fun, liberating and even a little exhilarating. A mood-booster if ever there was one.
Even those who insist that they haven’t an ounce of creativity in them are forgetting that things were very different once upon a time (in those making, drawing, painting, cutting, folding, gluing and imagining days).
And just as you don’t forget how to ride a bike, I believe you never lose your abilities to be creative – they simply need to be un-forgotten.
So what could you make today? Why not unleash your inner creative?
Go for it.