Earlier this week I had the happy priviledge to talk to a roomful of music therapy and music education students about creativity. I talked about why creativity matters—and not just musical creativity. For these students, creativity in its many forms can help their future students and clients, it's critical for their professional longevity and success, and it's important for their personal self-care.
I won't bore you with all the details from my talk (though if you're inclined, I've added a video of it below). But in preparing for this talk, it got me thinking about what is means to be creative and how we can enhance our own creativity.
Let's start with the former, about what it means to be creative. There are lots of good definitions out there, but the one I shared with the students is that, to me at this point in my life, creativity is the ability, the flexibility, and the courage to create something of value.
This definition is purposefully broad. Creativity can apply to a whole host of hobbies and mediums, including music, visual arts, sculpture, poetry, blogging, writing, design, fashion, make-up, architecture, acting, presenting, building, dancing, research design, cooking, gardening, baking...you get the idea.
I think there's something to be said for finding the creative outlet (or outlets) that work for you. There's also something to be said for finding ways to enhance your creativity. Here are 6 ways to get you started on nurturing and enhancing your creative self:
In conclusion, there are people much smarter than me who have spent their lives learning about creativity. If you want to know more, here are some good places to start:
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