Creativity is vital. During a time of uncertainty and slow change, creatives are at the forefront of something entirely new. How can creators nurture their creativity as the world opens? While uncertainty still persists, creativity allows us to look forward to something new.
In solitude, artists create work with a perspective isolated from the noise of the world. However, creatives have had to navigate new territory when it comes to manifesting their ideas with limited resources. As the world opens up, creativity can continue to strengthen. Creativity has become a resilient characteristic in creators, versatile and thriving in novelty. While the world opens up, creativity can be harnessed by remaining curious and constructive.
In a monotonous world, questions can lead to new doors. Now that the light at the end of the tunnel is moving closer as the vaccines roll out, these doors are beginning to open. By constantly asking ourselves and others questions, creating solutions is possible. What did you learn from pandemic isolation? Can you create something new for yourself in the post-pandemic world?
Under the stress the pandemic has caused, negative emotions can be used in creative outlets such as painting, writing, crafting, singing, dancing, filming, cooking, and the list goes on. Within each outlet are doorways to creating something new. By taking what you know and asking yourself what can be done differently you can express it with your own perspective.
Own Your Strengths
By tapping into your passions and interests, you can begin the journey of creating. Creativity comes with harnessing your own abilities and realizing your own strengths. It brings potential to life. While in isolation ask yourself if you learned anything new about your interests? What hobbies did you discover? What did you realize about yourself that you didn’t know before? How have you changed and what led to that change?
In the Psychology article, “Meaning-Making Through Creativity During COVID-19” by Hansika Kapoor and James Kaufman, meaning-making is characterized by “creating or completing a particular task or work, through an experience or interpersonal connection; and how people face unavoidable pain and suffering” as told by psychologist Victor Frankl (1946). Through these individually unique experiences, we create meaning, and creation builds resilience.
As the world re-opens, creators can continue to ask themselves questions and build from the emotion of their own profoundly unique experiences.