First of all, here is the link to that fabulous graphic:

(I did add the text myself, being a designer and doing design stuff is totally my thing.)

Now, I could continue the way I usually do and define creativity but today I will start at the end aka that short story I wrote, made up of eleven words. Here goes nothing.

Suburban Mom Life

She slaps the newspaper she pretended to read on the table. Her fingernails are long, manicured and match her black crocodile velvet jumper. She can hear her daughter in the lounge, playing Mario Kart (and she has been informed that no, the game does not involve shopping and is in fact spelled with a K and not a C) or this stupid jungle monkey adventure game. “I wish she was more like me when I was her age,” she hisses. “All my friends ask me what is wrong with her. When I was her age, I dressed up as a mermaid and dreamed of having a festival in the clouds with fairies.”

She sighs and puts her face in her hands, which is an unusual gesture for her since it could mess up her make up. Her husband is concerned now. He picks up the newspaper, folds it neatly and carefully places it back on the table. “I think she is just lonely, honey.” His voice is deep and calming and a stark contrast to her high-pitched one. He massages her neck and she leans back into him. “Let her play those games and make tiny people jump through tiny rings made out of fire and then, later, we all cuddle up together in front of the fireplace and watch The Little Mermaid. I know you love that movie, even though, and I hate to admit this, but I never quite got the appeal of that silly gull and the fish friend.”

She sighs again but this time there is a hint of a smile on her face and she wipes away the tears that sit in the corner of her eyes. “You’re right. I’m being stupid.” She finally cracks a full smile and he kisses her on the forehead.

So, what does creativity mean? Usually, when asked this question, people answer things like:

  • thinking differently
  • being open-minded
  • abstract thinking
  • acting upon the world
  • expressing yourself
  • innovation
  • uniqueness
  • genuine
  • originality
  • novelty

But *drumroll* the actual answer is: having the ability to create. Basically, combining new or existing ideas and creating something from that, or more eloquently put:

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.

Closely related to the question What is creativity? is the question What does it mean to think outside of the box?
In order to answer that second question, we will first have to figure out what the box is: It’s society, it’s our comfort zone, it’s socialisation, it’s the things you have and the things that can be done. With other words: You, you is the box. (Thanks for this awesome quote, Rakesh.)
So thinking outside the box means thinking outside the standard, finding new solutions, and possibly most importantly, asking for help. That does not necessarily mean only asking people for help, it also means doing research and “asking” a book or the internet for help.

Here are a few examples of things I consider creative:

Toronto’s Anti Littering Advertisement

Thomas Sander’s Explanation Of Identity

KickThePj’s Video About Dealing With A “Creative Block”

One Example Of Christian Novelli’s Random Artsy Videos

Buzzfeed Turning Food Into Waffles

A Sweet (But Slightly Cringy) Pokemon Love Song

Besides that, I really enjoyed drawing the mind map. (This reminds me of this book written by Walter Moers called The 13 1/2 Lives Of Captain Bluebear. At one point in the story, Bluebear’s eleventh life, he travels through the head of a giant and he has a map of the brain, which he loses later on and, honestly, this does not really matter but I just thought of it. If you ever crave a new book, get one by Walter Moers. He’s a genius. Talking about book recommendations, The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August by Claire North (aka Catherine Webb) is brilliant, too. When did this blog turn into a book club?) Anyways, here is a picture of my mind map:




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