Creativity is part of our heritage. Almost everyone has it. It’s just that our definition of creative work has grown more narrow.
When most people talk about “real art”, they’re usually caught up in the work of white European male artists from the last 150 years.
What if our definition of creative work were broader, richer, deeper?
I now define it as any work that we care deeply about, that we pursue with all our heart, because it makes us happy, lifts our spirit, encourages us to be a better person.
And when we share it with the world in any way, it makes someone else happy. And makes the world a better place.
I now see people who take up work that heals, teaches, repairs, restores, caretakes, feeds, nourishes, work that brings joy, laughter, care, forgiveness, and understanding to our world, to be creative people. Whether it’s our professional, vocation, or avocation, whether we earn a living from it or not, if we, and others, and the world are better for it, that’s creative work.
We humans, and our creative work, don’t fit into tidy little boxes. We have a whole universe to fill!