Every human I know, whether they see themselves as creative or not, experiences fear. Do you know what the number one cause of creative death is? Fear, it is a murderer. Fear says: I'm not good enough to do it, it's already been done, everyone does it, I don't know how to do it, I might fail, I can't do it, I'm not smart enough to do it, I'm not skilled enough to do it, I know someone else who can do it better, I've already tried, I'm too scared to try, it won't be perfect . . . the list goes on.
Creativity is the small tug of a soul, the small voice in your head, the small butterfly in your belly or frog in your throat. It's a little thought begging to be seen or heard. Begging to be felt. The outcome is important but the process is even more so because the process allows us to express. And for every human I know that experiences fear, I also know that they have a desire to express, to be heard, to be seen and to be felt. We aren't that much different from our creations, they are an extension of us, a way for us to share a bit of our self, a glimpse of our soul. And yes, that is scary. It's scary because it's vulnerable, it's scary because we want to be understood and what happens when we aren't?
Let's talk about loves songs for a second. How many love songs do you think have been written? Do you think the first person who wrote a love song said "no other love song can be written from now on." There are millions if not billions of love songs. Each created from a different person, with a different set of eyes and a different soul. Their experiences are unique, their song is unique and their audience is unique.
I believe humans were created, we each have our own eyes, thumb print and DNA. We are unique in our experiences, our interactions, our beliefs, our stories, our explanations and in our relationships. Because of all these variables, it's inevitable that our creations also be unique, they are unique to us because they are created from us. Sure some love songs are more popular than others but I am willing to assume the person who wrote the less popular one still enjoyed writing it. I am willing to assume the muse for the less popular song felt immense love hearing it. I am willing to bet that the less popular one is equally rich in content to it's audience as the popular one is to it's.
Being creative is more than painting a canvas. For me it shows up when I rearrange my home, or try a new recipe or problem solve with friends. Coming up with solutions and solving problems is part of our human nature. You can see it in history every time something new is invented. You can see it in your home every time your kids fight about who gets the red crayon first. Creativity is human and humans are creative. So fear has to take the back seat. We have problems to solve, stories to tell, songs to write, pictures to share and friends to support. I create, to express myself and to be heard and you should know I am listening to you and your creations. I support and admire your soul. I salute you for creating because I know what it feels like and I know why it's important.