Being creative doesn’t just mean you’re good at drawing or writing. When you’re a creative, it can mean a lot of things, not the least of which means that your head is full of ideas waiting to burst out, or you have a way of looking at things that is uncommon or unconventional for others. If you’re not quite sure if you’re the creative type, here are a few signs to look out for.
- You’re Observant
Do you notice small things that other people would otherwise ignore? Or maybe you find yourself constantly observing other people and wondering what their lives must be like. That’s how your creative brain is working. Wondering what extends into both your current reality (where you are, what you see) right into the realm of possibilities (“I wonder what this person / that person is thinking about right now…”) is a hallmark of creativity.
- You’re Inherently Curious
When you get interested in something, you really get into it. You thirst for the “why” instead of just the “what”. In your workplace, you always get to the objectives, always want to know the reason behind the task or project that is given to you. You ask a lot of questions and sometimes they can seem unconventional but you simply need to know.
- You’re Appreciative Of Beauty
You see beauty even in the most ordinary things. You appreciate the colors of the sky and when someone wore their hair differently that day. Other people may dismiss this, but usually, creative people make links between positive—or negative—emotions, and the little details they observe about everyday life. Connecting ideas to feelings is another sign that you’re likely a creative person.
- You Often Daydream
Because your mind is wired to create, your head is often full of ideas even when you’re just commuting to work or sitting in your university cafe.
- You’re Highly Emotional
Being emotional isn’t a bad thing. This just means that you allow yourself to feel freely without having to suppress anything; it’s part and parcel of the rich inner world of creative individuals. After all, to create is a highly personal endeavour, and there is an element of emotion that always goes into a piece of work. That is why, normally, when someone creative loves something, they go all out. When they’re happy, they let other people know. They’re just very passionate people.
- You Don’t Like The Conventional
Whether it’s the type of music you listen to your choice of socks for the day, you’ve always liked being different. You don’t like it when you blend in; you stand out because you’re being true to yourself and you want what you want. Again, this is a product of a creative’s tendency to be emotional, and therefore, in touch with themselves.
- You Like Looking For The Deeper Meaning
There’s something about living a creative life that forces you to confront meaning and purpose more than the average person. If you’re a creative, you’ve had your share of early morning existential thoughts. You’ve experienced reading a quote that really hit you and you just couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. There are things that simply make you go, “Hmmm…”, and there’s nothing wrong with this. It is simply the product of your human mind, understanding its humanity.
- You Can Be Too Hard On Yourself At Times
Finally, like every passionate, creative artist out there, you can be over-critical of yourself sometimes. Cut yourself a little slack, when you experience this. Remember that you don’t have to be perfect all the time.
We are all gifted a little differently in this world. The important thing you need to do is is to understand where you thrive, how your mind operates, and to use your gifts in a way that adds value to yourself and to others.