I love art in any form –not just writing– and, while I’m no Monet or Annie Leibovitz, I’m also a big fan of photography, doodling and, now, handlettering. In my free time, whenever I don’t feel like writing or I’m too tired to do so, I like to dabble in those.

Last night a friend of mine, after showing her my lattest attempt at handlettering, was telling me she didn’t think she had the eye for this type of craft and it started me thinking about how somewhere in our lives we lose the idea that we could actually be creative, just because we weren’t “born” with a talent for art.

Yes, we might not have been born with that eye for color or design, but having a talent for something just means that the path to being good at it will be just a little smoother.

Having a talent doesn’t mean you won’t have to work hard.You will still need to spend hours training. It doesn’t mean you won’t have to learn the rules. It doesn’t mean you won’t fail.

In fact, having a talent for a certain activity might even mean you’ll have to fight against yourself so that you don’t fall pray to laziness.

Having that ability without working hard for it might take away from the importance and appretiation you have for it. If it is so easy for you to draw a face or write a chapter that needs only a few tweaks to be perfect, you might be tempted to rest on your laurels.

On the other hand, those of us who don’t have the innate ability to draw a perfect rose or write a marvelous poem in one try, but are passionate about that activity, will most likely work our asses off to try to learn it.

It might take us longer and we might never perfect it as much as someone who has talent in that area, but we will get there. We will prevail.

It is just a matter of hard work and thinking we can do it.

Unfortunately, there are so many who just give up, thinking they will never be creative enough or will never have the ability to do so.

I disagree.

I think we are all creative. We are all capable of dreaming fantastic lands or even realistic portraits of our lives and represent them through any type of art. Even DIY projects are practical art, even if some of us just think of them as useful techniques or gadgets to have or create.

As kids, we are at our creative peak, and the only reason why I say “as kids” is because, somewhere while we grow up, we lose our creativity. We stop being creative because we start thinking we can’t do it, that we are bad at it.

Schools seem to be one of the places that kills that way of thinking as we compare ourselves to our more talented classmates and friends, or even because of poor encouragement –or even in some sad cases, a total lack of it– by our parents, teachers or adults in general. We start thinking of art not only for those talented at it, but also as something that is not practical at all. We start thinking that creativity is just something that involves art, while in reality, creativity is part of every second of our lives.

Creativity can be practical or not, but it is here, around us. It is here in the computer or mobile device you are reading this blog post on, in the chair you are sitting on or the shoes and floor you are standing on; in the pretty picture you just snapchatted to your cousin, or in the boring textbook you are forced to read to pass you SATs. It isn’t just in the painting you saw in a museum.

It is in you too.

 

We are all creative, but we think creativity should be easy and that it should come to us naturally. That’s were we go wrong.

Thinking that we can create is only half the battle. The rest is fighting to the death until you make it, because you can do it. It just takes more work that you thought it would or should. The only thing holding you back is how much being good at something is important to you and how many hours of effort you are willing to put in to get there.

Creativity – despite of what the myths say– can be learned. We have to stop thinking of ourselves as uncreative, and start considering the possibility that, even if we are not what society considers an “artist” to be, we can be creative in our chosen field. We can be creative as nuclear physists, as janitors, as olimpic athletes, as photographers, as writers or as sales reps. It will just take more time for some than for others.

Everything can be learned, even that eye for color.

There are no limits on where we can be creative.

Just our minds.


Pssst. If you don’t know how to start with the activity you want to improve at try going to youtube and search for videos of the activity and the phrase “how to” or “for beginners” or buy a book for beginners. Or take a class! Or get your friends together and form a group to try an activity out! There are so many ways! You just have to look for them!!

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