Remember this: You are a naturally creative creature

Remember This is a periodic blog series of thoughts, quotes and inspiration that I want to remember—and you might, too. Things I’ve learned about life so far, and don’t want to forget (like my human brain has a tendency to do). You can view the introduction to the series here.

Thoughts on creative living

Are you considering becoming a creative person? Too late, you already are one. To even call somebody ‘a creative person’ is almost laughably redundant; creativity is the hallmark of our species. We have the senses for it; we have the curiosity for it; we have the opposable thumbs for it; we have the rhythm for it; we have the language and the excitement and the innate connection to divinity for it. If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

In the spirit of the New Year, my mind has been resting more frequently than usual on visions for the future. Where I want to go this year, what I want to do, who I want to be. What do I want to keep, and what do I want to be brand new, fresh and different from before?

I know you’ve been doing some of this yourself, as well. But I’m wondering: are you giving yourself due credit for living a creative life? Because that’s exactly what this is. Using your imagination and visioning powers to create a brighter future for yourself.

The crux of it is this: everything is created twice. Even the greatest masterpiece, the tallest building, the grandest journey started as just a seed of a thought in a brain. Seeds so similar to the ones we plant in our imaginations at the start of a new year, or when we see a situation that needs a change.

This, of course, is creative living at its finest.

Perhaps instead of seeking to be more creative, we might start to revere our existing creativity. To amplify it, and to use it more intentionally. To hold the early visioning stages of creation with proper reverence for the sacred role they play in creating the later outcomes that are much easier to celebrate.

You use your creativity when you make bold choices about the direction of your life. You use your creativity when you are blindsided by a challenging situation and survive it. You use your creativity when you get dressed to go out, and you get that feeling when you just know you’re looking good. When you make a delicious meal.

What a magical life you live!

Over to you…what does creative living mean to you? How do you harness your innate creativity, and how would you like to use it more intentionally?