What is creativity? A state of being truly alive.
I invited my Twitter-pal Stacey Cornelius (@StaceyCornelius) to be my first-ever SOUNDBITES guest. This means she was also a bit of a guinea pig and she’s been a hell of a good sport about it all. Stacey is just today launching a brand new (and eagerly awaited) website at www.perceptionsfiltered.com. I’m thrilled that she agreed to kick off this ongoing conversation about creative life and work.
Let’s start by defining terms. What does it mean to be creative? Why is it important?
There’s this old joke:
The famous philosopher René Descartes was sitting on a plane when a flight attendant asked, “Would you like a drink, Mr. Descartes?”
“I think not,” he replied, and disappeared.
How do you define something that is so deeply integrated into your life it is as unconscious—and essential—as breathing? How do you categorize a thing that would utterly unmake you if you were forced to stop doing it?
For me, creativity is a drive. A calling. The unquenchable desire to build, to grow, to play, to explore an idea, to poke at its boundaries and push its limits. My limits. Past doubt, past fear. It’s a place where boredom dares not tread.
I can’t begin to define it for someone else. It wouldn’t be fair, or accurate.
Pick up a pencil and draw?
I don’t draw.
Because I don’t feel the need.
But that could change tomorrow.
In many ways, creativity defies definition. It comes from within, always. It cannot be imposed. What it looks like, I think, is far less important than what it is: the state of being truly alive.
Who is Stacey?
What is SOUNDBITES?
SOUNDBITES is an ongoing conversation about creative work. Find out more here.