I joined another online challenge, Creative Every Day for the whole of 2012. Every day. To commit to that I had to sit down and define what it meant to me to be creative. If I had to produce a finished piece of art, craft or even an unusual meal daily, I’d be in trouble. But to me creativity includes so much than that. Here is my definition and my map for this challenge (click on the mind map for larger view):
Why do I need a mind map?
Because sometimes I have to consciously look for opportunities to express myself creatively. And because sometimes I need help to recognise and honour my creativity, to remind myself that the result is not always what I expect it to be. It can be a photo, blog post or a meal. Or it can be a feeling of excitement (‘Wow, I’m really enjoying myself!’) or a drive to find a solution (‘It didn’t work this time, but this is what I can try next’).
How was my creative week?
I tried making an apple cake twice. The first time it wasn’t perfect. The second time I adjusted the ingredients, I remembered not to open the oven until (I thought) the cake was ready… my kids accidentally turned off the oven. It struck me as odd that it wasn’t lit up when I came to take out the cake, but I didn’t think too much about it. Until I cut the cake and discovered that the middle was still row. I will try again one of these days and I’ll share the recipe once I get it right.
I took lots of photos, I wrote, I drew with my kids, I danced.
The dance was rumba. There was a stillness in the routine followed by a quick and difficult succession of steps leading to the culmination. Part of me was screaming, ‘Go! You won’t have enough time!’ while the other part responded, ‘No, stay in the moment. Wait for the lead. Trust.’ I stayed and I trusted. The lead came and there were no more thoughts. The music carried me. Then I was still again. Just in time.
How do you define creativity? What have you created in the past week?