SEEDS OF CREATIVITY 

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By Rory Raudvee

 

Do you ever get told, “I wish I was as creative as you”, or “you’re lucky that you are one of those ‘naturally’ talented people?”

 

When I hear that, I generally want to slap the person in the face, as I believe that everyone is ‘naturally’ anything, born with the gift of creativity and the ability of expression. Creativity truly develops during childhood, and children that pretend or play a lot, subconsciously begin to harness the elements of this trait that will stick with them forever. Just through imitation and by observing and copying what they see around them, children will easily use imagination to pretend to be or do something.

 

Early cultures generally had a highly insightful and imaginative way of thinking about things, which gave reason and meaning to their environment. The science and forces of the vast world around them could only be explained through phenomenal ideas and stories of creation. This simple, albeit misguided view, helped evolve fundamental creative endeavours that appear cross-culturally among humans. Poetry, dance, painting, music, drama, myths, and body adornments are just some examples. These contributions are an integral part of what it means to be human.

 

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As innovation and technological achievements take precedence, I feel it’s important to be scientifically literate but also imaginative because without this it will be a dull looking future. The International Space Station, for example, is a fantastic milestone for human achievements, but it’s quite ugly aesthetically. Of course, everyone has a different way of perceiving things; a painting could be considered classically beautiful or strikingly unique.

 

It’s important to practice and express creativity, to have a release for our sometimes mundane world, and the opportunity to reconnect to our sense of self. So when you are jealous of someone’s abilities or ‘gift,’ just remember it stems from hard work and practice, and there are a whole range of things you can work at yourself. We may not be children anymore, but we still all have the ability of be inspired by someone, and that inspiration can ignite more than you realise.

 

 

Rory Raudvee is an illustrator from North Fitzroy, with a keen interest in art and folklore. 

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