Siempre he pensado que yo no era muy creativa, sobre todo porque al oír la palabra “creatividad” me venían a la mente habilidades artísticas como pintar, diseñar, hacer manualidades… Justamente esas cosas que se me daban bastante mal.
Then over the years I´ve changed that perception, not because I started getting good at painting, design or arts & crafts, I´m still awful at all of them. It´s because I have realized two things:
First, that trying something once or twice and finding you´re not good at it doesn´t mean you´re never going to be good at it, it just means you don´t have enough practice (this seems really obvious when you see it written here, but it´s not always easy to see in the moment, especially when you´re used to getting other things done right the first time round without much effort)
Second, that you can be creative in so many different ways! You just need to find the creative outlet that better suits you personally. Your own way to express what´s inside you.
Yo hace un par de años que “encontré mi voz” en el sentido más literal, a raiz de apuntarme al coro del trabajo y empezar a ir a los ensayos semanales con Nicola, nuestra directora. Siempre me había gustado la música, pero no me había dado cuenta de verdad de lo mucho que disfruto cantando, me levanta un montón el ánimo.
Whether I´m good at it or not is another matter entirely; that will only be seen once we can reunite again and put together a performance, although I would say that that´s the least of my worries... The most important thing is how much we enjoy singing (and laughing) together as a group, and if other people also enjoy listening to us, then that´s brilliant, double reward.
Also in my life there are and have been other ways to express my creative side: during my childhood and adolescence it was dancing, when I moved to Ireland it was blogging, and when the gils were younger (and even now that they´re a bit older), you can imagine, being a parent also demands a fair amount of creativity :-)
How do you express your own creative side? Have you found your voice yet?