You Can Be Creative In Non-Artistic Ways
Start writing a post

Being Creative Is More Than Just Art

Whatever allows you to release what you love to do into the world, is just as creative as being an artist.

Being Creative Is More Than Just Art

What does it mean to be creative?

Creativity, in its proper definition, means "the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work."

While the phrase "artistic work" is attached to the definition, it's only because there's usually more emphasis on the word when being used to describe artists and their work.

What I want to point out here are the synonyms for "creativity" - words like "inventiveness," "imagination," "innovation," "originality," "individuality," "expressiveness," "inspiration," and "resourcefulness."

These words represent more than art. They all mean you're being creative.

Being creative is using yourself, along with your best capabilities, to produce something awesome. This could be making a customer feel appreciated and taken care of when you've sold them something, going the extra mile to prepare someone's food, or even doing something outside of your comfort zone in order to expand your experiences.

Being creative is not some hard skill you have to secretly tap into and discover. It's a skill that everyone has and it's important not to skew its truth.

How am I creative?

While filmmaking in itself can be seen as creative, it doesn't always feel like that. Before I started working on real projects with producers, directors, and screenwriters, it was hard for me to see filmmaking as serious. I saw it as a profession that not a lot of people can master and that you had to be insanely creative to succeed in.

If I didn't have any new or innovative ideas to bring to the table, what was my creativity good for?

This question was at the forefront of my mind at the beginning of my college career, and I'm so glad it's changed. Since excelling in my major and classes, I've learned that my creativity, weird and unfamiliar in itself, is just as much "art" and "creativity" as anyone's else.

Making YouTube videos that contain me dancing, being myself. making people laugh, and doing crazy things is art. I know that sounds weird. It took me a long time of realization to actually say that and acknowledge but it's the truth. It's time I start accepting myself and what makes me happy.

The last thing I should be doing is comparing my creativity to others.

Once I learned to stop comparing my work and what everyone else was doing to me and my projects, things changed. Being creative requires you to be fully you and use what you know you're good at to succeed. It's not necessarily about winning a race (unless you being creative involves sports), but more about you having fun.

It's hard for me to creative when it feels like all work and no play. Maybe the career you're in right now doesn't feel like it's allowing you to be creative, so find something that will! A lot of times we think ONLY our career is the way to do things we love and find our passions. But it's not!

You have the power to unleash your best potential!

Your creativity awaits! It's waiting for you to make the move. Opportunities can come from your job, hobbies, family, and friends. There are so many ways you can get out into the world and be creative.

Don't put your creativity in a box. Creativity is not secluded to the norms of society, not locked in for safekeeping, not depressed and lonely. Your creativity starts with you. I can't stress that enough.

Maybe you already knew most of this stuff and maybe not. Either way, I hope you take away the importance of it. Being creative is not some fancy word only artists get to use and expand upon, it's about you being able to "perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions."

Creativity is about taking yourself, your actions, your wants, what you love, and turning it into something amazing and unique, even if it's not something new that's never been invented before. That's not the point. As long as you're creating something that you love doing and see in value in, that's all that matters.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Is Meaningful Casual Sex A Paradox?

Why noncommittal sex is more complicated than we'd like to think.


I lost my virginity to a graduate student from Los Angeles. We’d met at a rundown cafe whose Yelp page complained of an alleged rat infestation. His name was Ken and he was 25. What drew me to him was the peculiar way his mouth was perpetually fixed into a sideways, half-moon shape that was like a smirk but without any trace of smugness. But the two most striking parts of Ken by far were the dinner plate roundness of his face and his small, expressionless teddy bear eyes. Of the things that mattered to him, there was his best friend, a college dropout who sold computer parts in Toronto, and sex.

Keep Reading... Show less

A Conversation About Sex

"Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature." - Marilyn Monroe

Thinking Beyond Barriers

There it is. Even though I'm not around you, I can feel it. Was there a flutter of embarrassment in your mind when you saw the word sex in this article’s title? Did you look over your shoulder to ensure nobody was around before you began to read this?

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Signs You Are A True Cancer Of The Zodiac

Calling all babies born June 21st - July 22nd!

My Astral Life

I'm the first to admit that I am one of THOSE people who uses their zodiac sign as a description of themselves. I realize not everyone believes in astrology-related anything, and there are plenty of people who don't fit their signs. However, I'm one of the people who truly fits their sign to a tee. I'm a Cancer, a Crab, a Moon Child. It's currently our season fellow Crabs! So without further ado, here are all of the signs that you're a Cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Blessing of Lacking Sex Appeal

To all the fellow non "it" girls out there


Lacking sex appeal is not a desirable thing. It makes you fee not ugly, but wrong. Not having charisma is not a life goal. It doesn't make you fee friendless, but isolated. Not being the "it" girl happens, and tonight (and every nigh prior to this)

Keep Reading... Show less

Confessions From the Single Friend of the Group

It is truly the worst place to be

Confessions From the Single Friend of the Group

Look. If you are anything like me, complaining about being single is such a hard thing to because you are genuinely happy for your friends, but as they continue to be happy in their relationships, the ever crushing weight of being the single friends can become overwhelming. For context, my primary friend group consists of four people. We are all roommates and it is a great time here. All three of my roommates have boyfriends/girlfriends, which makes our friend group of four quickly jump to seven, and it is wonderful! I love my roommates so much and I love their S.O's, but no matter how much I love them I always get extremely jealous and sad. The sad thing is that the only part that ever truly ends up bugging me is that since I am single, they are my go-to top priorities and it has been really hard to watch myself slip from the top of their go-to's to not being their go to when they feel the weight of the world. What makes it harder is that expressing that I feel alone and unwanted makes me sound jealous and like I don't want my friends to hangout with their people. I get it. I do. But there are just days I want to be someone's first pick and I'm not.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments