First, don’t be ashamed of your creativity. Got it? Good. Done and done.
Oh, it’s not that easy?
If your creativity is best expressed in a format that is not traditionally considered art, that it completely fine. As long as it makes you happy and fulfilled – that is all that matters. It does not matter if your creativity shines brightest when you glue popsicle sticks together and mod podge pictures of your cat on it – if it makes you happy and fulfilled, then once again, that is all that matters.
However, as much as I preach creativity for all, I will admit that very often I still feel like a fake when I compare myself to someone who is an amazing designer or artist. I look at their work and I feel like an imposter when I call myself a creative person.
Something I remind myself over and over again is:
Your creativity does not have to look like anybody else’s, it has to look like you. Some people wear their creativity on the outside whereas someone would really have to get to know me to see and understand my creativity. And that’s okay. It doesn’t make me any less creative. Truly, the only person who has a problem with it is myself.
Beyond just getting over the hump and embracing my creativity and acknowledging that I am creative, it is important to get past feelings of creative shame because you don’t want to let those feelings prevent you from starting a new creative venture.
So what do you do if you are ashamed of your creativity?
- Acknowledge and admit that you are creative. Check out this post for more details on how we are all creative.
- Don’t try to be anyone else’s type of creative. Just be your own. When I look at someone else’s creative work and am feeling a little envious, I need to stop and remind myself that this person has been practicing his or her craft daily or almost daily for years and years. I can’t my compare where I am at when I start to where someone is months or even years down the road. If I did that, I would never try something new. Don’t let comparison and the negatives feelings that result from that prevent you from starting something new or putting yourself out there.
What is one thing you can do to express your creativity today?
Interested in a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer? Check next week’s post for details on BYOC – Bring Your Own Creativity. I hope you’ll join us!