The nature of creativity and the act of creation is described differently by almost every person that I have asked. It depends on the person as we’re all different even though we’re all one of the same. The motivation to create also has roots in many different places for everyone. But we’re all able to manifest new things into existence.
Appreciation of beauty seems to me to be a unique aspect of humanity. I can’t think of any other creature that’s so fundamentally predisposed to appreciate beautiful things. If we take this as an axiom, it’s a bit clearer why religious people would believe that the beauty of nature and everything in it has been created for us and no one else by God.
There might not be an immediate value in what you create. Maybe you’re not too good at it yet and maybe you don’t enjoy the result of your effort after you finish. Don’t let that stop you. Create some more. Get better at it. Learn from others and make something new and unique out of that acquired knowledge. Keep at it no matter how big or small your progress is.
Let your guard down. Get immersed in the process. Jump into it like you would into a body of water. Let it swallow you whole as water would swallow your body, even for just a few seconds before you’d emerge back out. Even the few seconds are all worth it.
There are so many different ways to create new, beautiful, and useful things. Some permanent; painting, sculpting, writing. Some fleeting; dancing, acting. Even interpreting an already existing piece of music. Each time you play it, it’s going to be a bit different. Perhaps you find beauty in utility, so you invent a tool or design a better way to do something.
It's all up to you and there's no one else to tell you how to be creative yourself.
Regardless of how insignificant or short-lasting your output and its effect on others might be, persevere.
No matter what you create in your life. Whether you’re creating for a utility, solely for the sake of beauty, or for any other reason. Keep bringing new things into the world.
With this article, I’m starting a series of articles where I justify for myself (and hopefully for you as well), why it’s useful to do even things that don’t add an immediate value to the world.
My writing is good enough but not exceptional. The visuals I create for my articles are not the best either. Maybe the only person who enjoyed this article was me as I was writing it. But I wouldn’t let that stop me from putting things out into the world. And neither should it stop you.