Spread #84- The Roots Of Creativity February 23, 2010Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
A lot was written about the origins of creativity. How does one become more creative than another? Is creativity human nature, hereditary, a personality trait, a cognitive ability, is it triggered by circumstances? Is it all of the above? Probably! Often, throughout my years I have questioned the roots of my own creativity. But before I could answer that question for myself, I had to first agree that I am a creative being, not easy, as you well know. On the other hand if you are like me who believes we are all born creative, then it’s not that difficult either. So what is it about my roots that made me hang on to it, never ever lose it? Well, I believe that one’s disposition towards creativity as a grown-up is determined partly by genes and mostly by one’s days as a child. For me these childhood days divide into two chapters. The first was desolate and forlorn; it was a time where my days did not seem significant, worthy of much of anything. I had a lot of alone time on my hands. With a perpetual pencil in my hand and a piece of paper in front of me I could mark my territory anew every single day. My doodles, my drawings, my scribbles, became my markings, my happy place, my place of safety; no one could take THAT away from me. The second chapter was all about being witnessed and noticed by others, being praised and applauded, encouraged and cheered on, to experiment, to express, to sketch, to paint, to sculpt, to carve, to shape, to cement all the days to come as days to be lived creatively. Today my creativity does not link to suffering, nor is it propelled by others. It is what it is because it needs to be. It is quite simple now, made possible by my childhood less simple days…
What are the roots of your creativity?