Our brains and hands are made for making. I grew up thinking this wasn’t necessarily the case. Somewhere along the way, I learned that some people had creativity, and some people didn’t. I thought I didn’t. But I’ve come to see in the last year or so just how strange and silly that is. The evidence is all around us that we are all creative. For example, in her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert notes that the first example of art in dates back about 40,000 years. The first example of agriculture? That dates back about 10,000 years. We all come from a long line of people who prioritized creativity even before they prioritized reliable and abundant food. Art and creativity nourish us in their own way. It is within all of us to be creative. It is wrapped up in our DNA.
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts