I share the belief with many that we are all creative beings. Each human has the capacity to make, create, build and dream a little piece of the world for themselves. Do any of us know a child who doesn’t color? A child who doesn’t imagine mystical realms? The truth is we are all creative but we are not all brave.
Creating takes Courage. It requires that we muster up the toughness to fight off our insecurities. Insecurities that present themselves as inner voices we hear that tell us we don’t have the ‘right’ to make whatever it is we wish to make. The self-whispers that tell us there is no one out in the world who wants what we have to create.
Children don’t care. They are brave without even intending to me. They haven’t been pushed down by society yet to think that any art they create may be “bad”. To their eyes, each paper they paint, color or tear is a masterpiece. Seems to me that this realization proves children are not only brave, but extremely smart as well.
If you are lucky enough to have a creative child, which is to say, you have children- let them create. Encourage it. Support it. Embrace it. And believe in it. Your positive words and actions will foster their creative spark and will let it catch fire. Anything else would be a huge disservice to them and to the world who is waiting for more awesomeness to be created. And while you are at it, go create something yourself!