Creativity isn't optional. There are jobs where creativity is the trade, the entire point. But even if you don't have one of those, you're a creator of solutions, relationships and of tolerable moments. You see the outside, and you frame the most beautiful shot nature offers in that moment. You get a tough break at work, and you think through options for making it work.
See? That's what we do.
Shed the thought that getting an A in art class actually means something. Mostly, it means you're good at following rules but the legendary painters preceded art classes as we know them, and most reviled rules.
In The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp writes, "The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it."
Even with this blog, I ask myself quite often, "What is this all for?" My audience is small, I don't do it for money because it actually costs me a little bit and I am not going to be a proper writer. I expose myself to criticism from serious writers and from other doctors for even engaging in the unserious pseudoscientific world of 'wellness'.
But then I get over it, because people laughing at it means I am creating. Creating space, ideas, connection and maybe even hope. And that feels good to me.