Spoilt Rotten!

info Loaded Brush - Saturday, April 30, 2011

I was recently accused of being spoilt. English is not my friend’s first language, so I am not sure Spoilt was exactly the word he sought, but in spirit at least, I had to agree. And it is not the first time this sentiment has been expressed! An Italian I once knew told me when I spoke about Australia he was reminded of Amsterdam, a city notorious for its freedoms.

In both cases there was certainly a cultural element at play. Of course being Australian, I HAVE been ridiculously spoilt and by more than just cinnamon soft, snow-white beaches! But I think I was most spoilt, by my mother, who gave me the most precious and valuable gift of learning and creativity. The gift of choice, which I now pass along to others.

This week I took part in a discussion panel with the crew at Creatif (soon to be aired on WestTV.) The discussion centred around the reasons why creativity makes us feel good or is good for us. At its core, Creativity (learning) is first a process of taking a risk or trying something new. This is frightening of course, but also very exciting. As Robin Wiliams once said,

“When you create you get a little endorphin rush. Why do you think Einstein looked like that?”

In the case of Jamming, participants smock up and are charged with this thrilling anticipation and willingness to Play and create (even those who believe they are ‘not creative’ and ‘can’t do this’) Very quickly the questions start flowing, as fast as the paint,
“What do we paint?”
“How do you…?”

And so begins the process of problem solving, the heart of creativity. It is this thrill, beyond the initial adrenaline rush of jumping on stage or plunging your fingers into a cool block of clay, that offers the most reward. Making decisions, discovering delicious success or the possibility to try again. I suspect it is this freedom, which even in the most challenging circumstance I am able to maintain, which makes me somewhat spoilt! Creativity is a gift of choice and flexibility, a process or attitude, which is inherently empowering. And of course it is this empowerment that makes creativity so sexy!

So go on, Spoil yourself! Get creative!

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