Why Is It Important To Be Creative?

Artwork by Catherine Siciliano. Photo by Genevra Siciliano.

Creativity is important for self-discovery

When you take the time to create, particularly on a deeper level, the simple truth is: you find things out about yourself.

The self-discovery process can be a surprising and unconscious one. You wouldn’t expect to say: “Okay, self, it’s time to create so I can unearth something about myself today!” Well, I certainly don’t. As part of being creative, patience is one of the least used tools.

The ability to use your creativity can show up in everyday tasks; even in the most clinical environments, highly technical jobs, and logical or steadfast conditions. The option to explore your creativity in an everyday task may not always be enticing, or it may seem that a creative approach is not possible—at first. If you stay open-minded, the opportunity to exercise your creative skill is usually there.

Sometimes the mission is as simple as looking at a problem in a different way. Sometimes it could be as laborious as planning a bathroom renovation project. It is possible that the higher the creative challenge, the deeper the meaning of what it is you discover about yourself.

You may have also thought that addressing why creativity is important would pertain to the more traditional, creative art forms like painting, writing, acting, etc. And if you consider yourself a non-creative, and you’re not particularly interested in pursuing a traditional art form, it doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out or be exempt from self-discovery through a creative process.

By running a photography business, and even being a parent, I used many creative approaches to push myself forward in these roles, and found out many things about myself along the way.

Recently, another writer told me—by the way she had observed my interactions within my writing group—that I was extroverted. This blew my mind. I have always considered myself a shy person, and a lot of that I attribute to my hearing impairment that I have struggled with since birth. By placing myself in circumstances requiring a creative pull, such as running a writing group, or being a wedding photographer, or critiquing someone’s story, it has illuminated my path in my personal development journey. Sometimes, what initially feels unnatural—because fear is doing the talking for you—is what will allow you to eventually find your truly natural habitat.

If you thrive in creative circumstances, you can use your creations for good. Exploring your creativity is another way to find out how you can help others, which helps you establish your peaceful place in the world. This is a direct way of how your self-discovery process can have a positive effect on others. You create something, which sends out goodness into the world, which in turn makes you feel good, and makes you want to repeat the process.

When you undertake creative opportunities, whether successful at it or not, you could view them as a personal timestamp; a mark of where you were on your journey to become who you really are.

[share-quote author=”” via=”iamgenevra”]String together the creative projects from your lifespan and you’ve got a map of your soul’s evolution.[/share-quote]

When you look at it that way, it makes perfect sense to use creativity for ultimate self-discovery. What do you think?

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15 thoughts on “Why Is It Important To Be Creative?

  1. crossbordertales says:

    Jennifer, love this! You’ve hit the nail on the head once again as to why creativity is so important with the self development angle. I’ve always considered creativity’s links to self expression but I don’t think I’ve ever given much thought to it as a self-development tool. Great concept & thanks for the fuel for thought.

  2. Sandy says:

    Great post! I love this: “When you undertake creative opportunities, whether successful at it or not, you could view them as a personal timestamp; a mark of where you were on your journey to become who you really are.” Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Ashleigh says:

    Love this! Creativity and self discovery go hand in hand. Also, doing anything creative makes me feel more relaxed right now so it’s a win in my book!

  4. Leigh. says:

    I absolutely love this! “Creativity Is important for self discovery”, this opening line rings true on SO many levels, because I have found out so much about myself that I wouldn’t have by just creating. Awesome read ✨

  5. fluxingwell says:

    Yes, creativity is crucial for so many reasons. I am so glad for the opportunities to be creative, especially as a blogger. Thanks for being a creativity advocate!

  6. nicoletbuntinggmailcom says:

    This is so true! I’m an artist and finding ways to be creative outside of my artwork helps me to be creative WITH my artwork.

  7. specialneedsadvocate2013 says:

    I agree that I definitely find things out about myself through being creative. Making art and writing have always been my top two favorite creative hobbies. Ever since I started my special needs advocacy blog First Former Buddy Club President three years ago, I have definitely become more passionate about writing and my writing skills have improved even better and I have gained much more vocabulary. I have used many of my creative hobbies to help others too just like you mentioned can be one of the results of being creative. As an artist, I enjoy making bracelets and since I am so passionate about supporting special needs, I make lots of special needs awareness bracelets and have made lots of them for my friends with special needs and their families. This has made them very happy. To pick up my hobby of drawing again, I plan on making a special needs awareness picture poem soon too.

  8. Gretchen says:

    I so agree with your observation that to create is to discover something about yourself, and the idea that creating is a positive cycle. I think that since I’ve started writing, I’ve noticed a huge positive change in my creativity, and for me that is so rewarding and it makes me want to create even more!

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