The first definition I came to of creativity was “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”. People say that they crave new ideas, something different, a unique perspective, something out of the ordinary. But what quite often happens when you give it to them is… they hate it. It’s too different, it’s too out there, it’s unexpected, it’s “wrong”, it’s too hard to consume.
The problem with being “unusual” is that quite often people don’t get you. They just write you off as being “unusual”. I sometimes feel like a bad comedian… like I’m having to explain the joke and in doing so I’m admitting defeat. Sometimes. Other times I think I’m the only person who gets it. And then there are those times when people tell you what they think and you realise they get it too. Or they’re brave enough to ask the question, and then they get it.
‘That started out so passionless and immature, why would you do that on purpose?’
Hypocrisy – “the practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case.”
Two tips – 1. If you want something different, try not to be surprised that it’s different. 2. Don’t assume you know the answer to a question you never asked of the only person who truly knows the answer.
And so I say, create. That’s why we’re here. All of us. We’re all creations and we spend our lives creating. Creating new humans, creating structures, creating art, creating technology, creating environments, creating havoc … always creating. People can love it, they can hate it, they can be indifferent, but if it’s your creation- own it.