Flexing your creative muscle

In the last two months Texas has been painted the wildflower way. Those amazing color fields next to the highways, in parks, and basically everywhere tell us: Spring is in full swing. Spring – the time of renewal and rebirth. It is the time of the year for creation. The definition of creation is bringing something new into existence. Nature creates new leaves, flowers, birds, and bunnies. Why not take this abundant source of inspiration and start creating as well? Let us mirror nature outside and be more creative and productive ourselves. outdoor painting

Often people tell me: “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”. And many times this statement is underlined by further explanation of who inherited those creative-gens: “My mom / uncle / sister is the artist / painter / musician in the family”. But the truth is: Everybody is creative.

And creativity is less like a bone and more like a muscle. We all have it, but you have to use it to strengthen it. Creativity is one of our core traits as humans and the reason for our survival (so far) and progress. But our ability to be creative expands and shrinks depending on our practice.

In the 1950 neuroscientists believed that intelligence is fixed at age seven, that our brain degrades yearly after age thirty, and that our creativity and learning ability is fixed and can’t be improved. But recent research demonstrates that this is not true. Mental abilities, like creativity, can improve throughout life. The reason is what neuroscientists call neuroplasticity (The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.) We are also able to generate new cells in the brain (neurogenesis) as long as we live. In other words, our brain doesn’t stop growing and keeps renewing its connections: It is always spring in our brain! That means not only do we have the ability to be creative but we shape and form our brain by doing something creative.

Don’t limit yourself by false believes. You are as creative as you allow yourself to be.


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