Albert Einstein was a great advocate for creativity – and with good reason. Here’s why creativity is such an important part of life.
I consider myself to be a creative – not necessarily a very talented one, but definitely a passionate one.
I’ve been a lover of the arts, in all its shapes and forms, for as long as my memory can recall. My parents tell me it began as a toddler, with a love of music. I used to belt out my father’s playlist in the back seat of their car (with a particular favourite being Elton John’s Sacrifice).
Growing up, I’ve always had a veracious appetite for curiosity. My friends, family and colleagues all know that I’m the queen of 101 questions.
My curiosity is definitely the driver behind my creativity. The two go hand in hand.
As a result of my curiosity, I’m also fascinated by technology and the human mind. I guess you could say that I always need to know how something works. I’ve spent a lot of time, over the past few weeks, delving into how creativity works. And why it’s such an important part of life.
I believe Albert Einstein shared my love of, and fascination with creativity. Many famous quotes like “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” have been attributed to Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century. The title of this post is in fact another of his quotes. This is the quote that’s inspired the concept behind my blog: a deeper look at the inner workings of creativity and the human state of being.
For a long time, I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to write about. What I’d love to write about. And then it hit me… Creativity. It’s the largest part of who I am. So, without further a do, I ask that you join me on a creative journey. Why? Because creativity if good for you, and should be shared with the world!
Here’s why we could all benefit from being creative:
Creative thinking leads to better problem solving.
You’ve heard it a hundred times, think outside of the box. Lateral thinking is how the human species has survived and prospered.
Creativity encourages us to challenge the norm.
Pushing boundaries, without the fear of failure, is how innovation occurs. Whether your an artist, a scientist, a mathematician or a doctor, great discoveries come from challenging the norm. By exercising our ability to think laterally, we’re able find creative solutions to age-old problems. Creativity isn’t all about art and aesthetics – it’s a state of being.
Creativity is what makes us human.
I’m a firm believer that artificial intelligence (AI) will replace many roles in the workplace in the future, however I don’t believe it will ever replace humans entirely. That’s because I don’t believe a machine will ever truly master or be able to mimic creativity.
I believe that creativity is what allows us to empathise – and empathy is ultimately the core of human existence. The more we practice being creative, the more we exercise our ability to empathise with one another, allowing us to form greater human connections, and a respect for life (both human and non-human) other than ourselves.
Creativity encourages self-awareness.
Apart from teaching us to empathise, being creative also allows us to explore our own minds. It teaches us how to be introspective, and gives us insight into our true potential.
Being creative is therapeutic.
Feeling strung out from a hectic week at work? Instead of turning to beer and television, why not try your hand at doodling or gardening? Creativity is one of the number one ways to relax. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy creating, there are thousands of different ways to be creative – and all of them have a meditative effect. Whether you’re into adult colouring, scrap-booking, writing or playing guitar, a creative hobby will bring you countless hours of joy.
Creativity is freedom.
There’s literally no right or wrong way to be creative. The whole point of creativity is to challenge yourself. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Engaging your creativity will bring you freedom. Spread your wings with me dear reader, what have you got to lose?