People confess to me, more often than you’d believe, that they don’t feel they are “creative.”
Then, of course, I must ask, “What do you mean by creative?
I already know their answer will be: “I don’t paint, I don’t draw, I can’t sing, I don’t write music or play an instrument, I’m not in theater, I can’t dance … etc.” And then they wait for me to nod and acknowledge by agreeing with them that, ergo, if they can’t do any of those things, they are not creative, end of story. WRONG! You know I won’t let them off the hook that easily.
Take a look at this article. It cites 11 traits. But I think there are many more than that.
One, for example, not on this list (well, not exactly), is CURIOSITY. I can’t tell you how important I think ‘being curious’ is — and I do know that we get that from our parents and those around us, as we’re growing up. So, do your kids a big favor and encourage/allow them to be curious about their world. It’s critical … essential … for a healthy brain.
[Photo by me: Beaded Brahma Bull, approx 3′ high, at a gallery in Culver City, CA 2009]