Creative Outside Work

I’ve contemplated creativity throughout much of my adult life, and this contemplation is epitomized by a college thesis I wrote involving the topic. But here, I’ll address the misconception that I believe is present in the realm of the corporate world. My findings are that if one is not being paid for his or her craft, then he or she is not deemed creative. Further, these assumptions of creativity are very much limited to work with color and shapes, on a rudimentary level. That type of aesthetic work is indeed creative, but creativity is not limited to color-based or image-related aesthetic work.

  1. Your creativity is not limited to your paying job. Just because you don’t own a creative title at work doesn’t mean you’re not creative. Creativity is not reserved for those with the proper titles. Creativity is not something only an exclusive few have. Creativity is not restricted to specific standards; in fact, it’s the abhorrence and neglect of those very standards that begin creative revolutions.
  2. You are more than your career, your resume, your family, your friends. If you’ve endured relationships and jobs that depleted you emotionally, physically, and psychically, you are not defined by those periods of creative drought. Creativity is not taken away from you, it rests inside of you. It can lay dormant for days, weeks, months, and years, but it cannot be fully extracted from you. You always have potential for creativity.
  3. Your creativity cannot be taken from you. You may run out of steam, ideas, passion, money, but you will never run out of the endless pool of creativity that you are made of. All it takes is tapping into it. It’s not always evident that it’s there, and sometimes, you can think it’s entirely gone, but it isn’t. Trust yourself enough to open your own creativity up from the inside out.
  4. Creativity comes in a plethora of masks. You can be creative washing the dishes if you’re thinking about new ways to scrub, new ways to put soap on the sponge, new ways to set the dishes down for drying. Now this is an extreme example, but it’s meant to show that creativity is engaged even in the most seemingly mundane daily tasks. Creativity can be achieved, even in hostile or unforgiving environments, by living in the details and paying attention to those things that consume your time.

Creativity rests in all human beings; it is not something granted to a select few selected by society, by a degreed education, by monetary validation. Oftentimes, societal restrictions dictate who should be creative, but that’s just the false paradigm that we live in. Humans have innate creative potential, and power to create their own style of creative products.