In her article Depressed Creativity, nochnoch (Enoch Li) admits that, like many people, she never thought she “had any creativity.” Here are some excerpts from the article:
I equated creativity with artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, fashion… I was none of that – until I sunk into depression last year.
And over the course of a few months, I rediscovered my creativity, which spurred my recovery.
I had always classified myself as ‘not creative’ till I met my fiancé. He could visualize colours, designs, and spaces. He made little crafts and redecorated the home. He had innovative ideas for businesses.
Equally, his friend, a graffiti artist and graphic designer, is what I call creative – all the scribbling and sketches that magically appeared on the canvas. I was in awe.
But it was a limiting belief that I was not creative myself.
Out of many disguised blessings from the period of illness, one is rediscovering my creativity. I say ‘rediscovering’ because in fact I was creative when I was younger – I constructed mumble-jumble poems, short stories, drawings, even a book about Mr Caterpillar having too many feet when I was just 5 years old. I made bookmarks, and ‘laminated’ them with my special tape, I made clothes for Barbie, and I made up stories for my bears.
This is all creativity at play. It’s in the heart somewhere.
Continued in her article Depressed Creativity.
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Related book: The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression, by Eric Maisel, PhD
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