Me? I couldn’t draw a straight line if you paid me. So I always figured “I’m just not creative.” Regardless of the fact that from an early age I learned to crochet and knit, and in my twenties started sewing. I invented my own crochet and knitting projects, and even though I did sew using commercial patterns, I learned to tweak them to fit my aesthetic. I didn’t understand then that I was actually involved in a creative process. Because I equated creativity with drawing.
I have been pondering on this subject quite a bit lately, in part because of the book I’ve been reading this week. In her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brene Brown talks about creativity as something we all have. The difference, she says, lies between those of us who use it… and those of us who don’t.
And a couple of days ago I came across this TED that made me stop in my tracks. Wow! Just watch…
This resonates with me. It turns out that in my mid-forties I discovered quilting software. And, lo and behold… it turns out I can draw! I just needed a mouse initially, and I now draw with a stylus. That’s a beginning… but could there be more?
What about you? Have you discovered –and embraced– your creative vein?
P.S. Oh, yes… give me pencil and paper, and I STILL can’t draw a straight line! 🙂