When the term "consumer society" comes up, we immediately think of crowded pedestrian zones and long queues in front of fashion stores. Buying, buying, buying. But if we take a closer look, the consumption obsession of our society goes even deeper.
We consume the newsfeed in the morning, a podcast on the way to work, stories on Instagram later that day. In the evening, we watch movies and series or read a book. Pretty fascinating, isn't it?
We hardly create anything ourselves anymore. Instead, we are used to someone presenting us with something ready-made. The works of others inspire and entertain us – which can be immensely enriching.
Being creative is not a hobby. It is a way of life.
But here's the thing. You pay a high price for it: secretly and quietly your own creativity dies. And at the same time a part of your vibrancy. Because if you always let yourself be passively entertained, you don't create anything.
You may not be able to put your finger on it, but something is missing. Your everyday life feels stale. It's logical: why would you be here in this life if not to bring something into the world that only you have inside of you?
Studies show that creative people are happier. Moreover, creativity makes us resilient – important in turbulent times like these. All these are good reasons to dare to be more creative again.
We just need to get a few misconceptions out of the way:
1. I’m not good at it.
This is wrong because: there is nothing to achieve.
In your childhood you learned that each of your actions leads to an evaluation. Either it fits the adults' idea or it doesn't: "You've painted this picture beautifully" or "No human being looks like that!“. It is the first act of liberation to turn a deaf ear to judgements. To those of others, but above all to your own.
2. Being creative is exhausting.
This is wrong because: Creativity is one of the most effective ways for instant relaxation and happiness.
Lying on the sofa and streaming may seem like salvation after a long day. But can you really relax? Do you get back up feeling peppy and full of energy afterwards? Probably not. Creative activities in which you are fully absorbed turn off the carousel of thoughts AND give you back your energy.
3. Creativity means tinkering.
This is wrong because: creativity also shows itself in the choice of outfit, in a conversation, in cooking or in sexuality.
Maybe you're thinking now: That's all well and good, but I don't want to draw, make pottery or crochet stuffed animals! Don't worry, you don't have to. You can be creative in every area of your life. In fact, whenever you detach yourself from guidelines and create something of your own. So get rid of the trendy looks, the cooking recipes and the conversation guides!
Are you convinced? Then let's get started.
With these tips you will find your creativity:
- Set up a place where you feel comfortable.
- Allow for idle time.
- Be aware of your ideas. Collect them with an app, even if you don't immediately know what you can use them for.
- Do things differently than you are used to. Take a different route to work. Have breakfast in bed instead your kitchen table as usual. Surprise yourself and those around you.
- Have fun.
- Start where you are: How can you not only consume these words, but apply them creatively?