Why do humans have the urge to create things? To be human is to make. By creating things--art, food, architecture, films, music, stories--we are in some small way, transforming the world around us. It is the belief that we can make our world more beautiful that drives us. All humans have this creative power. But we also hate to feel foolish or mediocre, so sometimes we tell ourselves it's better not even to try. It's when we don't use our creativity and proactively express it that we feel frustrated, blocked and stagnant.
Too many times we have preconceived notions about what our creativity is supposed to look or feel or sound like. But the best way, we've found, to approach any creative project, is to begin with a beginner's mind, one without judgments or assumptions or self-censorship. When we act as if we know nothing, there are no rules, the possibilities are endless, and whatever we create is an experiment that is not expected to be a masterpiece, then anything that results from the creative process is a surprise and a gift and a lesson. Don't put so much pressure on the process. Don't squash your ideas before they've had time to develop. Learn to practice saying "yes, and" rather than 'no' or 'but'.
The need to create things is nothing new... We recently saw the 'Golden Kingdoms' exhibit at the Getty Museum, which was a collection of sacred gold pendants, burial masks, and adornments created as long ago as 1000 BC in the ancient Americas. To know that humans have always been struggling with the creative process since the beginning of time is somehow reassuring. We are not alone in this journey.
Keep experimenting. Keep returning to beginner's mind. Keep believing that you have the power to add beauty to this crazy world. 🖤