When my girls were little, my youngest would ask a lot of questions, and as those who have toddlers know, the "whys" can get overwhelming at times. But I told her to keep asking questions, because that is how you learn.
I remember when I was younger, my dad would be out in the garage working on the car and I would go out and ask him about the different parts, and what they did, and how it worked with that part, etc. He was very patient with me... I'm no expert on car engines, but I know enough that when I have to get my car repaired, I can ask questions, and tell the mechanic the symptoms with some accuracy.
"Creative is a verb" - Patti Digh
I understand that fear can keep us from even trying something that has a hint of sounding creative. I have days myself when I am afraid to work on a project because I'm afraid it won't turn out like I think it should. Well. . . the only way to guarantee it won't turn out like it should, is by not even starting it! I encourage you to take small steps, find someone to walk you through the process, or do some research online. There are so many tutorials and videos out there!
Do you know someone who has a living room arranged and decorated like a magazine photo? Ask them how they did it. Ask how they decided on the furniture, or colors, or how they found their "style".
"Creativity is intelligence having fun." -- Albert Einstein
Here are my suggestions:
- Ask the questions - How did you do that, could you show me?
- Listen to the answers - Listen to the how, the when, the why
- Try something new - It doesn't have to look like someone else's, you are unique!
- Look online - there are many tutorials and videos out there for just about everything!
- Make mistakes - Things don't always look like the cookbook or magazine. It's okay!
One of my favorite quotes is from Miss Frizzle of Magic School Bus fame:
"Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"
Jump in, find something new to learn and get curious!What keeps you from thinking you are creative?
Do you have any tips to add for those who might be hesitant to jump in?