Why Creativity Matters: Part 2


Photo by Marc Schlatter

If wishes came true, everyone reading this would be able to express their creativity. To paraphrase the famous quote by Picasso, we’re all born artists; the key is learning how to remain one when we grow up. Creativity solves problems; it thinks abstractly, with limitless possibilities. Math, for example, teaches us that there is only one right answer, but this is not life. Life, like art, is an infinity of right answers.

There’s that little voice inside our heads that wants to do something creative, be it music, theater, decorating, styling, writing, making. The dream is that that voice would be honored; the dream is that we all be expanded by honoring the memory of the child we were — that person who loved to create, who never said “I can’t,” who understood possibility until the world taught otherwise.

May this serve as encouragement to you not to listen to the “I can’t,” but to tap into the “I can” — into the possibilities, the urging inside you that wants to create that project you’ve been thinking about or wants to take the class you’ve been thinking about. Just do it. After watching the Ken Robinson TED talk that I shared in the last blog, it could be said that by “just doing it” — tapping into your own creativity, making, learning, opening to possibility — the world just might be a better place.

What does creativity mean to you? What is the thing that the voice in your head is urging you to do? How would you express that art matters? Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page!

About Stephanie Schlatter Art

Stephanie Schlatter is an Artist who draws from the world for inspiration. While she calls Grand Rapids, Michigan, home she’s often off on new adventures. For more than a decade, her journeys have taken her across the globe. She has studied art both locally and abroad, including time in Mexico, where she decided to shift her focus from photography to painting. Stephanie's travels led her to found Absolutely Art: A Project for Change in 2006. Through this non-profit organization, she brings art instruction to the children of Ethiopia while supporting their education. Stephanie's work reflects an expression influenced by other cultures which resonates a variety of influences that have given her work direction.

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