“The creativity of the human mind is endless.” (Robert H. Fetner, Memories of Miami Vice: Real Stories, 2018)
Creativity. The quality of being creative.
Who do you associate with these words? An artistic person. Someone who is colorful, imaginative, full of ideas.
I believe it’s even more than that.
The root of the word is create. Create means to build, invent, conceive, originate.
The human mind has the potential for doing so much more than simply following directions, or practicing things already learned, or repeating the same actions over and over.
Creativity, as I see it, involves looking for new solutions for old problems. Ignoring assumed limitations and forming new thoughts, new ideas. Forming concrete plans for events or systems or projects or concepts that you’ve never experienced and possibly don’t already exist. Improving on things that do.
Other words I associate with creativity are imagination and ingenuity. Creativity can apply to any field, any station in life, work, play, art.
Everyone has their place and will hopefully figure out what that is. But where would we be without the creative people? The inventors, the dreamers, ones who can build something out of little, who can see what others can’t. We would simply be creatures of habit, no sparks of brilliance; and we wouldn’t even realize what was missing.
I, for one, marvel at the creativity of the human mind and the capacity for achieving the impossible, for making something beautiful for a specific purpose or simply for the joy it can bring. I’m thankful for this God-given gift that lies within all of us, regardless of our age, stature, and status.
As an exercise, I made a list of types of individuals commonly thought to be creative along with a list of a few other types of creativity I came up with.
Let me know in the comments what else you think could be considered an example of creativity. I’d love to hear your ideas, especially any that I might never have thought of myself.
- Do-it-yourself handyman who finds ways to repair and adjust household fixtures, furnishings, etc. without instructions, using whatever is available.
- Babysitter who comes up with fun and engaging activities or crafts to teach and occupy the kids in their care.
- Stand-up comics who improvise their content based on their audience and surroundings
- Youtubers who develop their own entertaining and useful content instead of simply reposting other people’s ideas
- Personal trainer who develops stretches, exercises and customized activities for clients with limitations and specific goals.
- Entrepreneur who makes their own opportunities by finding numerous ways of harnessing his or her skills to serve others and make a successful living.
**Comment below with your additions!
Editing projects for weeks ending July 29, 2018:
Nonfiction Memoir, (several) academic research articles
Client countries: US, China