We all are susceptible to failure. We all fail. We all are capable of making ends meet. We all do, eventually. Where does the creativity lie? The life line begins from wanting something, to trying hard to get it, and if things go wrong (which they always do- and that’s okay), we try to recover from it and get back up on the horse for another race yet to be either won or lost or get caught up somewhere in the middle. Where does the creativity lie? According to poet Rumi,
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there…”
– the field that’s beyond any measure and any possible analytic reach and any color of disguise is creativity. I took inspiration from this quote, among many others including one by Jerome,
“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.”
It often surprises me when told negativity is the silent death of creativity because just like any one side of the coin, what makes the coin tossable is both the sides. Creativity is just like, more or less wilder than any coin. Without any one side, the other does not exist; hence, the purpose of the coin is completely lost in the meaning. How no two sides can unmake a coin- no two forces as positive or negative can unmake creativity. Pure passion, talent, productivity, intelligence and growth cannot define creativity as does your physical strength against that which lies inside your mind. There is a fine line between knowledge and that which you harness aggressively, each day, tiring yourself of the inappropriate ideas and irrelevant thoughts. Ultimately, you reach a point of submission where you can’t give in, but only bring out into the universe all that you harnessed time and again. That’s creativity. Creativity has no sense in regards of how well you control it and how well it can be determined based on real experiences. It makes complete sense when it’s left alone, pushed, tortured, and even tossed aside only to considered later on when the dark side prevails. Creativity is the force behind what we think about something and how that something makes a difference in our lives. Creativity is meant to be personal, and not generalized like a writer having the talent of words rather than that of an artist. The writer can also be a dreamer of sorts whose ideas may one day become a painting of some pie in the sky. And an artist can also become a person of letters whose ideas may one day master the spirit of artistic storytelling and picturesque chimera.
The dark side of creativity is the dark side of everything. It’s a coin. It’s the concept of inner and outer beauty. It’s the production of what’s seen by us and what’s behind that’s seen by us. It’s the complicated and uncomplicated. You harness knowledge for creativity to give birth to a force that’s clearer than words, and more tolerant than intelligence. That creativity knowledge is the knowledge of everything that is both dark and otherwise. Ideas are the side of creativity in a way that it needs to be exercised in what we do every day; that which will desire of productivity and passion. The coin of creativity is one side of the coin named life, living, and death. The other side is what’s out there, what we see, feel, speak, and accept. Tossing that coin means taking risks, and not tossing it means living the dirt life filled with blame, regrets, and ‘what-ifs’.
So, the unexampled urge of creativity is tossing the coin and playing by its rules. When one side of the coin is declared, the mind takes it’s spin of sorts and creates what we harness called knowledge and passion. And when the other side is declared, the mind learns to learn for when the purpose of knowledge and passion is still incapable of harnessing.