Is thinking creative? Are we creative just because we’re human, more than animals but less than gods? Is there anyone who doesn’t consider herself a creative person? “I’m just an accountant – it is what I do and who I am and when I am not crunching numbers, I just sit and stare.”
Here’s a theory: If you are doing anything, you’re creative. But apparently, even passive activities contain seeds of creativity. Riding on a train and looking out the window while writing a story or a poem in my head is one of my favorite pastimes. I consider myself a creative person. I write, I dance – though I don’t know when I could say with confidence, “I am a writer” or “I am a dancer. I like to arrange things prettily, to decorate, to curate books and objects on the shelf. I wish that I were a visual artist, but my drawings never look on paper the way they do in my mind. I do like to take photographs, though I often worry that every frame is a cliche, already done, revealing nothing new about myself or the world. I would love to be able to play music and sing. I have vowed that this is the year I will learn guitar, an instrument my dad plays and which he wishes one of his daughters would at least pick up.
I believe that cooking is a creative endeavor. And during this first year of being a mother, it has become an outlet for expressiveness, a means of meditating, and a way to demonstrate, with tangible results, that I am still me, interesting, imaginative, so in love with life that I want to make more: more babies, more food, more art. This blog has been a lifeline, connecting a new version of me with one that I recognize/remember and staying in contact with the outside world, during freezing weather when she was a newborn who napped all day and I was a barely holding on, deprived of sleep and sanity. Considering myself creative has been almost enough, so that even if I can’t get to a dance class or am too exhausted and brain-dead to work on an essay, I know that the liberating ability is there, somewhere. I’m a blogger. I cook and create content around what I’ve made. But what if I take a test and it tells me I’m not a creative person? What if it says I’m a bank teller, an insurance adjustor, a garbage man (lady)? I suppose we’ll see. What can a test tell that me that I don’t already know? Will it influence future decisions? Do we become who we think we are or who we’ve been told to be?
I’ve been intrigued by the website ArchetypeMe, which promises to help sort my personality type into one of their pre-defined “archetypes.” Will the results from taking the personality test there reveal traits about myself that I don’t tend to pay much attention to, or will my own sense of self be reflected in their test results? I’ll reveal the results and more about what ArchetypeMe thinks about my personality soon.
What’s your archetype? Discover now by taking a short quiz on: www.ArchetypeMe.com