When you hear the word “creativity”, what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Is it thinking differently? Or is it creating something brand new that the world has never seen before? Well, there is a tiny bit of truth in both questions.
Each individual possesses creativity, and — you may have noticed yourself — it helps us in every aspect of our lives. It can be anything from cooking, drawing, dancing with different moves (in case you’ve got bored with the old ones), or even decision-making about buying a new car (should I get a black one or a white one?), or clothes since you’ve probably noticed that it got worn out or looks shabby.
Creativity is not only working on special projects at work that require you to quit spending time with family or watch sports games on TV (especially during NBA season it’s difficult to do anything else but be glued to TV, believe me). It is opening your mind to doing things differently, or THINK differently. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to compare yourself to others. It only means you compare yourself to the old self that wasn’t the person you are today.
In 2018 social media is part of everyone who has access to the Internet. Being part of social community allows us to spread the word to each other about ourselves, or about what happens beyond our personal lives. We also like hearing rumors related to superstars and then change the plot of what has really happened to, for example, Lindsey Lohan on a Friday night at one of the bars in LA. Different people tell different stories (Lindsey knows her story better, I’m sure). This story-telling has already been embedded into our worldview, and we don’t seem to want to change any of that. Why? Because every time we read or watch news, it becomes novelty and will always remain so as long as news reporters or writers keep pushing on themselves to give everyone something to talk about in a new, creative way.
In science (yes, science also has a lot of creativity if you didn’t know) it comes to finding better approaches to discovering mysteries of the Universe and its components that involve mathematics, physics, biology and other fields which define our existence in many ways. There is a great quote that describes this concept: “Many men, many minds” — it means every human being interprets the world from their perspective, and it will never be the same. We can agree on multiple aspects, but we all see them just like one sees a half-full glass and another person looks at a half-empty glass placed on a table.
Unfortunately, creativity is not supported enough nowadays. Many parents think that if their kids do not start building rockets or doing extraordinary things at the age of 3, they’re not a future Einstein and thus can go easy on schooling. If only those parents knew how crucial their contribution would be when their children were within the age range of 3-5 years. It has been scientifically proven that a 5-year-old can process information at the speed that he will never reach again in his life after he becomes older as the ability to process information gradually decreases with age (if not supported or trained in the course of years, it can lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s). At that age a child memorizes much-much better (no wonder a kid can remember an episode when you took a candy from him when he was just 4 or 5 y.o.). Therefore, parents and already grown-ups need to take a better look at their children’s abilities and their own as well! These abilities can be improved and, in the long run, you may even hear “thank you” from you kid or your future self.
Stepping aside from the genius of Einstein, the notion of creativity is quite often seen as independence of thought and willingness to seek new perspectives and take risks when the time comes. People also believe it’s a way to perceive new relationships or make new connections. Is it the right way to look at creativity? Again, this is a controversial belief and cannot be pointed out as wrong whichever way you look at it. We will have to accept each other’s opinions for the sake of the society.
On the other hand, this human ability is important on many levels and is good resource in, e.g., economic development or can be of a tremendous help in educational environment. It must be encouraged in every individual, and once the seeds of creativity have been planted, one day the harvest will become abundant.