“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
Each of us is endowed with a desire and strength to create, just like our Creator. For you and I are created according to God’s image and likeness, so each of us is gifted with the will to do something good, to create something beautiful.
As the above quote says, each child is an artist. Children are born with creative talents and a natural desire to draw and paint and sing and dance. Just watch any infant starting to communicate with those around him/her — the baby will instantly respond to singing or music by smiling, clapping/waving, kicking, and moving his/her body. A toddler who is given a crayon will instantly start to doodle on whatever surface is available, even on his/her arms and legs. No wonder babies and very young children are instinctively attracted to bright, vibrant colors!
Yet, along the way to adulthood, the creative energy that is innate often lies hidden, remaining either untapped or stifled. As the second part of the above quote from Picasso says, “the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
Perhaps you were told you weren’t good enough or meant to be an artist or singer or dancer. Or perhaps, you yourself might have believed this to be true of you.
Fortunate are those whose natural talents were earlier honed and developed with much encouragement and nurture from parents and teachers.
For those who are not as blessed with such environment of encouragement and nurture, you can by all means still untapped your hidden natural creativity.
How to unleash your inner creative self?
- Believe in yourself
- Express your inner child
- Keep your sense of wonder
- Be curious about life and how things work
- Learn and learn and learn – be a lifelong learner
- Be adventurous
- Think creatively- for example, when dealing with problems, look for creative solutions
- Expand your horizon
- Widen your perspective
- Brainstorm every day for new ideas
- Journal your thoughts daily
- Read storybooks
- Commune with nature — even just looking out the window and gazing at the sky and watching birds fly
- Find inspiration even in mundane things or activities
- Cook up new dishes for your family to enjoy
- Go ahead and sing or dance or paint or write poetry — just have fun doing it and silence your critical self
- Enroll in online classes or watch tutorials on YouTube to learn and hone your artistic side
These are only some of the many ways you can unleash your Inner Creative Self. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late.
I’m in my early senior years, yet I’m able to re-discover my sense of creativity. Even at my age, I’ve been able to learn and improve my sense of beauty through my acquired photography skills, dabbling in some graphic designing, and now — digital painting.
The power to be your natural, creative self resides in you and you alone.
“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” — Shakti Gawain