We are inherently creative beings who are actively engaged in the act of creation all day long.
We get out of bed and we create our costume — choosing the clothes we wear and how we want to present ourselves in the world. We create our breakfasts, thinking about what we’d like to eat, bringing all the ingredients together, and turning it into a meal. We create our commute to work, choosing how to travel, and what to engage in while we travel.
All day long, there we are, thinking about what we’d like to experience, and making it happen.
Yet we don’t notice it, and we don’t give ourselves credit. Creation is embedded so deeply into our identity that we don’t OWN it.
One of the reasons for this is that when we start to dream and vision on a larger scale beyond outfits and breakfast, we often come up against our fears, doubts, limiting beliefs and conditioning.
Those fears, doubts and blocks can shut us down, and stop us from doing the thing. That can make us feel like we’re no good at ‘making things happen’.
But hitting up against fears, doubts, limiting beliefs and conditioning is part of the process. It happens for everybody, who creates anything.
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” [Modernism’s Patriarch (Time Magazine, June 10, 1996)]”― Robert Hughes
Those who end up creating are those who know how to dance with the fear and doubt, and do it anyway.
My best creations have come about because I really wanted to experience the thing myself.
I wanted to dance in my favourite nightclub to music I loved, so I asked the nightclub owner if I could host a night — pay the DJs, promote it, run it. He said yes, and it was an outrageous success.
I’d never run a club night before, I’d never organised an event before. I didn’t even think about that — I just thought ‘I’d love to have this experience, what do I need to do to make it happen?’ And then I did the next thing, and the next thing, and the…