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How to Ignite Your Creativity

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Artwork by: Hanna Kastl-Lungberg

Creativity is part and parcel of our daily lives regardless of the industry you work in. Creativity manifests in different people in different ways, but regardless of what you do for a living, every single one of us has an untapped well of creativity lying dormant within us. Being stuck in our homes these last few months may have left us in a creative rut so here are some ways to get your creative juices flowing again. 

 


Scheduling a time to be creative might sound counterintuitive at first, but we’re all about boundaries these days and setting an hour aside per day to knit that Harry Styles JW Andersson cardigan you’ve been meaning to get a headstart on  can be the greatest gift you give yourself. 


More than dancing in the woods while wearing a floral dress, the process of creation requires consistency and commitment. Think about it: you’ll never release that podcast you’ve been wanting to do if you don’t commit to doing it in the first place. 


There’s no greater source of inspiration than the things you already love. Do you remember all those afternoons you spent trying to copy your favorite cartoon character, spending countless hours perfecting Sailor Moon’s eyes or Pickachu’s tail? There is nothing original left in this world, so you might as well use the work that you love to spark your next great artistic endeavour. 

 


Did you always have that one thing you’ve always wanted to try but a voice inside your head would tell you that you wouldn’t be good at it? Contrary to popular belief, enjoyment and skill aren’t mutually exclusive. Aside from the obvious benefits of ceasing the day, gaining a new life experience, and having something cute to post on Instagram, studies have shown that doing something out of your comfort zone stimulates your brain to produce more dopamine which is essential to keeping your brain healthy.


So the next time you see an ad for that tap dancing class you’ve always wanted to try, get out of your own way and experience something for the first time. 


The great thing about the internet is that it allows you to connect with people from all over the world who share the same interests as you. More than emotional support, friends (both irl and the ones you’ve met online) can help you when you’ve hit a deadend on that chair you’ve been trying to restore  and can hold you accountable if you’re falling behind on that thousand piece puzzle you’ve been working on since June.


Having a community gives us a sense of safety and security that we’re not in this alone, that someone out there is going through the same thing as you, and there’s always someone to call when your pothos looks like you’ve ignored it too much. 

 


For most of us, the process of learning was something that was strict and structured from such an early change. Rarely were we ever encouraged to colour outside the lines, or read more about topics that interested us, or to make mistakes. The cartoonist Scott Adams once said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, while art is knowing which ones to keep.”


Creativity and making mistakes go hand in hand, there can’t be one without the other. So embrace the fact that you’re going to make mistakes, see them as learning opportunities, and if you overcook your banana bread, know that more often than not, it’s still good on the inside. 





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