Often when I meet people and I reveal the fact that I am a clay artist, I hear a response something like this: “You must be so creative, I am not creative at all.” Of course I take that as a compliment and usually reply, “we all have things we are good at and clay is one of the things I can do.” I’ll also add, “even if you can’t make art yourself, it’s good to hear that you appreciate creativity.”
I have a strong creative muscle. I’m aware of it and try to exercise this attribute on a regular basis. It is relatively easy to access my creative mind. On the flip side, I think I’m naturally weak in many math-related functions. I know my “I just can’t do this” attitude plays a role in blocking some of my success with this analytical part of my brain.
For me, creativity flows for numerous reasons. I recognize I’m good at turning an artistic idea into a concrete item. I set aside time and built a dedicated space to practice my clay-making skills. I’m not afraid to take risks and accept failures as a learning curve. And hardest of all, I try not to judge my results or compare what I’ve created with that of others.
Creativity is a skill that requires nurturing. Even if it’s not your strong suit, I think everyone has a creative streak. Maybe a simple attitude adjustment will help you access your creativity. Make time and space for a creative activity. It might not be art, it might be gardening, cooking or writing. Maybe it’s even participating in or appreciating the creativity of others. Go to a museum. Attend a concert. And I promise I'll work on my negative attitude about math skills.