One of the messages I feel super inspired to share is the true value of creativity in our lives. It is true the world around us is changing and creativity is valued and encouraged within our systems. However true creativity a life where creativity is the core and everything else works around this energy is mainly saved for artists and designers creatives who have managed to master their skills and who have found a way to sell their gifts. In my opinion for most of us humans and most certainly within the worlds core systems; schooling and the way the world is run. Creativity is still just used like salt and pepper, sparingly and mostly just for a little flavour it is not at the core of our life curriculum.
It’s not that long ago only our parents generation where if you had a gift for art or music or drama you were encouraged to focus on something more practical and were perhaps allowed to study one of the above just for fun. Even when I was at school and still now although peoples differences are more honoured nowadays the core subjects are maths and english. Now I do get that when you can do these things you have the skills to access information, however what about the information which can only be accessed through your intuition your creativity. What if that was honoured as the most important core skill you could ever learn, how would our lives be different? So what is creativity to me?
This week I found myself on a beach feeling pretty tired after a long stint of single handed child caring, my energy felt tired stressed and quite lost. I was getting that feeling when I can't quite reach myself, my true happy relaxed self. My daughter started playing with sea weed and one piece reminded me of hair, then I had this image of lots of mermaids made from sea weed and pebbles like little fashion models. We got to work creating them, I noticed how the tiny stone looked like bones and body shapes and the sea weed was just like mermaids tails. Immediately a light in my body lit up I felt excited and alive again it was magical. After I had finished I was a different person I felt more loving more connected, I was excited and the anxiety in my body started to calm down.
I’m always thinking about the importance of creativity not salt and pepper creativity, core creativity and this experience really showed me how instant the impact of creativity is within our lives. You see when we are creatively expressed we feel so much happier and everything around us responds. I believe we are all creative in our own ways every single person has their own version of creativity within them. I hear it so often people don't bother trying because they think it's not their skill however I don't believe this is true. If you're a human you have creativity within your blue print its more about the freedom you have learnt to access it based on your ancestry and your life experience.
I’m lucky I’ve been born from a long line of artist, musicians, lace makers, tailors you name it I have creativity in my blood going back hundreds of years however when I left school my confidence was so poor I could hardly draw. I had bought so deeply into the belief that I was either stupid or just to rebellious to succeed at anything based on the fact I couldn't read the English literature or do the Maths homework. I had forgotten about or didn't understand about my true gift. Despite being asked to leave school luckily my soul had its own mission and by some miracle I managed to stumble my way into 7 years worth of art school and I am so grateful for that. Creativity and education became a healing path a place for me to express and heal myself through projects and by being not only good at something but amazing. Eventually I went to the Royal college of Art where I had the opportunity to indulge in my creativity, surrounded by a whole college full of super creative people. You can imagine it was like a play ground of ultimate expression, no holding back. Here I truly embodied the art form of not giving a f**k and embodying the true mindset of being myself my truth my version of creative expression. I have taken this with me through my whole life.
So its like this for some of us being creative is such a huge drive within our souls blue print if we don't live our truths we feel life isn’t worth living it is that strong. We have no choice but to carve out our own ways of living and breathing in a world where sometimes it feels its main mission is to squash a creative path. I know I am not alone in feeling like this and although my desires for a freely expressed creative life maybe shouting out louder in my ear than many. I believe if we all quietened ourselves and listened deeper every single person would be asking for a more expressed more creative version of themselves. Creativity isn't exclusive for the artists the crazy ones who shout about it who cant be anything else (yes that me ;-) ) Its for every single one of us.
In my opinion creativity is this…You don't have to be creating pieces of art to be a creative, creativity is a mindset it’s having the creativity to adapt and flow with all of lives ups and downs it’s a freedom tool. It’s about having the desire and energy to step and say this is who I am, what I believe in. I want my life to look like and feel like this….…I want my home, my clothes they way I express myself to resonate with these beliefs. It doesn't mean you need to look more outrageous or be louder than the rest it just means you need to be true to YOU and only YOU. If you love beige and want your whole life to be coloured in beige then do it, it would look so stylish. Or if your all about the gold and shiny stuff then do that. There are no rules only YOU and who we project ourselves to be in the world matters. Your clothes are part of the whole package of YOUR life so take some time to understand YOURSELF and express that.
So this is my message pease be the most creatively expressed version of you because the world needs more creative people it’s not just the salt and pepper on your life it’s the chore of you're being start believing this….Your clothes are a great place to start.