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 freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts