“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” ~ Yo-Yo Ma
I’ve often been complimented for my creativity, I can stand in a place and outline a story in my head almost instantaneously or take pieces of fabric and create something others find beautiful. On the same token, I admire artists, people who can pick up a paint brush and create masterpieces. My daughters are both artists though only one is following that path, I have a brother who does exceptional artwork. Looking at their work it always amazes me and leaves me with a feeling of pride that we share the same DNA. Though we have a lot of talented people in our family there are very few who can express themselves on canvas the way my brother and daughters do, however, each of them who have chosen to pursue their creative side have done so in their own special way.
It’s honest to admire the artist, fall in love with each stroke on the canvas but the artist is not so special because creativity was born in us and each of us is an artist in some form or another. The only difference between a creative person and a non-creative person is in their belief. That artist who makes love to the canvas and creates something we all admire, believe in their creativity. In that belief, they equip themselves with the ideals that their mind is fertile enough to create whatever they can imagine and seek out the skills and knowledge needed to express that creative belief. People who don’t share the belief that they are creative will always find an excuse as to why they can’t do something and will make no efforts in trying anything new or expressing their creative side. A writer will always find something to write about because he or she is expressing their belief in their creative skills, they may not be a visual artist but they can make love to the imagination through their expression of words.
In addition to that, it’s not just enough to believe you are creative you must also share a passion and be determined in your process of expressing your creativity. Rome was not built in a day and Patience indeed is a virtue when it comes to any expression of self. William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, yet only a few of his work saw the light of day and even fewer became masterpieces. Yet he is deemed a literary genius. Thomas Edison discovered 3,000 methods that didn’t work when he created the light bulb. So you see even geniuses make mistakes, success comes to those who not only believe in what they are doing but also has the patience and drive to continue with their true intentions. What if Edison had given up on this third try, what if Shakespeare decided he had had enough writing bad sonnets?
©Etta D. Richards