I think a lot about creativity, I have always felt like I am not a creative person as I can't do it on demand. When forced my mind is blank and even crickets stay away. Hard thing for me is I love to create, it is what makes me feel alive, feel happy and something I need.
Over time I have learnt how my mind and most importantly my creative mind works. It makes sense to me now and I hope maybe I can help it make sense to you, for those who struggle with being creative or just want new techniques, here is how things work for me. Well most if the time....
Creativity is not just about sitting down and trying to come up with a great idea. Sometimes, most of the time, the best ideas come when you least expect them - during those moments when your mind is wandering and you're not really thinking about anything in particular.
I call these moments 'creative explosions.' They happen when you're doing something mundane or repetitive, like washing dishes or mowing the lawn or watching something in nature that you connect with (waves, clouds, trees, or even concrete buildings).
Your mind starts to wander, and suddenly, out of nowhere, an idea pops into your head. It's like a bolt of lightning, a sudden burst of inspiration that takes you by surprise "Bro, I got something for you, let's put wheels on our shoes and call them, wait for it.... wheeeeeeeelies"
But here's the thing - these creative explosions don't just happen by chance (most of the time). They happen because you're giving your mind the space and freedom to wander. When you're doing something boring or repetitive, you're not really focused on anything in particular. This allows your mind to relax and let go, which in turn allows creative ideas to flow more freely.
So the next time you're doing something mundane, don't just zone out. Instead, embrace the moment and let your mind wander. You never know when a creative explosion might occur, and when it does, you'll be ready to capture that lightning in a bottle and turn it into something amazing. Or at least learn something, something about yourself, something that may at the very least help you find some calm.
Remember, creativity can come from unexpected places, and by embracing those moments of mind-wandering, you can unlock a world of new ideas and possibilities.
Here are a few unexpected ways that you can unlock a world of new ideas and possibilities:
1.Take a shower in the DARK: Believe it or not, some of the most creative minds in history have credited their best ideas to the shower. When you're taking a shower, you're not really focused on anything in particular, which allows your mind to wander and make unexpected connections between ideas. So the next time you're feeling stuck, try taking a long, hot shower in the dark and see what ideas come to mind. The darkness allows your mind and senses to truely be free, it is a true moment of calm
2. Sometimes, the best way to unlock your creativity is to take a step back and let your mind wander. And there's no better way to do that than by going for a walk. Make this a walk with no clear path, no direction, just walk.
When you're walking, you're not really focused on anything in particular. Your body is in motion, your senses are engaged, and your mind is free to explore new possibilities and make unexpected connections. This is where true creativity flourishes - in the space between your thoughts, where new ideas can emerge and take shape. Nostalgia often takes hold when wondering streets, remembering moments of chaos or calm, happiness and sadness, these memories for me are creative gold.
3. Imagine a world where adults aren't ashamed to play with toys - a world where tinkering with LEGOs and building blocks isn't just for kids, but for the creative and curious minds of all ages. This is a world where creativity knows no bounds, where imagination can take flight, and where the possibilities are endless.
Playing with toys is not only a fun and enjoyable activity, but it's also a powerful tool for unlocking your creativity. It allows you to approach problems and challenges from a different perspective, to think outside the box and to explore new possibilities. And when you're having fun and enjoying yourself, you're more likely to let your guard down and allow your creativity to flourish.
In a world where technology dominates our lives, it's easy to forget the power of tactile experiences - the feeling of connecting two LEGOs or the satisfaction of completing a puzzle. But these experiences can be incredibly valuable for sparking creativity and generating new ideas.
So don't be afraid to embrace your inner child and play with toys. It may seem unconventional or even silly to some, but the benefits to your creativity and problem-solving skills are undeniable. So go ahead, build that tower of blocks, create a masterpiece with your LEGOs, or solve that tricky puzzle. Who knows what kind of innovative and groundbreaking ideas you'll come up with along the way?
4. When you're struggling to come up with ideas, it can be tempting to look to others for inspiration. And there's nothing wrong with that - in fact, it can be a great way to spark your own creativity. But it's important to remember that you should never copy someone else's work. Instead, use their ideas as a starting point and build upon them to create something that is truly your own.
Think of it like remixing a song. A DJ doesn't just play the original track - they take elements of the original and combine them with other sounds to create a new, unique experience. The same can be true of creativity. Take inspiration from others, but don't be afraid to remix their ideas and add your own unique twist.
By doing this, you can create something that is not only original but also pays homage to the ideas that came before it. So the next time you're struggling to come up with ideas, don't be afraid to look to others for inspiration - just make sure you use their ideas as a starting point, not a blueprint.
I hope this helps anyone wanting help or even helps explain how creativity can work and maybe spark a few new ideas.