Blog Post: On Creativity
The "Meat and Potatoes" of the course, I was looking forward to this chapter from the beginning. It's interesting to observe our perceptions of creativity- such as the example mentioned on this week's page, that only artists are creative. I feel that this is a common belief, because through art, one is able to create direct, obvious representations of their creativity. Also, works of art are usually created for others to view, not simply to be hoarded by the artist. I disagree that artists are the only creative type, just the most obvious.
However, I do believe that it is extremely important to instill this sense of creativity at a very early age. In his presentation, Mitch Ditkoff argued that creativity could be nurtured even late in life. Although I agree that one's creative abilities can always be heightened, I do not think that one can be an "uncreative" individual for most of their life and become a "creative" person in their retirement. Ditkoff listed several famous people who produced great works late in their lives, but many of these examples were people who had done things their entire lives. The fact that they had continued to create even into their twilight years should not have been a surprise.
To me, creativity is the ability to think differently than what is normal. I think each community has its own sense of what is "normal", which is why I appreciate the fact that this class is "Creativity and Multicultural Communication". For example, I'm very familiar with what is considered "normal" to the average Upstate New-Yorker. I had my 9-to-5 job, I ate pizza several times a week, I watched The Office and the Superbowl. Since moving to the other side of the world, though, I've discovered that there is a totally different set of "normal" ideas here. Now, I teach English in the mornings, travel to nearby ancient towns, eat noodles in the evenings, watch Chinese TV, drink tea in the parks and play Mahjong. I wouldn't say that I'm a creative individual, but I believe that new experiences has allowed me to see everything in a different light. Things are NEVER black and white, and that's what traveling has taught me.
I think Creativity is an ability that some are born with stronger than others. However, I also believe that there are countless ways in which one can foster creativity, and as long as one has the desire to work on this quality, they can choose whichever method they feel is their strongest- whether it is through exploration, art, writing, music, or a hundred other ways.
It is a lifelong process. No one ever reaches the peak of creative abilities, as creativity in the first place is the result of uniqueness, and therefore, it is very hard to compare that to different people. Still, this process is not a miserable one; the pursuit of creativity brings contentment and joy, and a new way of looking at everything in one's life.
By Mike, Feed:ESC Creativity and Multicultural Communication, Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:56:00 +0000