“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
– Mae Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut
What is creativity? Where does it come from? Are we born with it or do we develop it? Can we lose it or be “robbed” of it?
It seems that some people are born more creative than others, that nature somehow overrides nurture. But actually, research shows that, in terms of our brain, we’re not stuck with what we inherit from our parents. The brain like any muscle can get stronger or faster with practice. Practice creativity and you shall become more creative.
Recent studies on neuroplasticity suggest that we can rewire our brains based on the experiences we have – new experiences add to our storehouse, for lack of a better word, and from this we can then draw new creative inspirations, new brain connections and ideas.
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love gives an interesting talk about new ways to think about creativity.
Please let me know what you think of Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk – (you can leave a comment by clicking on the speech bubble at the top of this post.) And I’d love to hear about any of your own stories about creativity.
And as always, thank you for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.