Imagine. Create. Inspire.

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A few years ago while I was shopping, I came across a painting. The painting was chaotic and had way too many colors. But it looked beautiful. But it would have looked more beautiful if it had a theme associated with it. That is when I imagined a painting in my mind. Colors and patterns that tell a story. After getting back home I pulled out a plain white sheet and began drawing. The theme was "Our Love Story" and I included all the elements that brought us together. Be it the places we went together or the books that we read. If it mattered to us, it found its place here in the drawing. I included some patterns and drew our faces as well. And before I knew it I had a whole drawing in front of me. It was easy to leave it black and white, but colors played with my mind. Since the drawing was big, coloring it was tedious. And since it was more like a doodle with various patterns, I had to be careful with the colors. And the outline had to be perfect to separate one pattern from the other. It took me two whole days to complete it, but once it was done it looked gorgeous. Today it is framed and adorns the wall of our bedroom.

I was always a curious child, blessed with crazy levels of imagination. And inspiration. It doesn't take much to inspire me. I can be inspired by an image and imagine it in my own way. And then I will create a poem or an art piece out of it. Last week I was watching an episode of 'Castle' and it was about the five elements of nature. I was inspired by that and decided to do poetry capturing these elements. My last post was about fire and soon I'll be writing about the other four elements as well. Creativity is not rocket science. All it needs is some imagination or some inspiration. That is why I love the prompts from 'Magpie Tales' and 'FSF - Lillie McFerrin'. Magpie prompts are always a picture and that is the best ever thing to get creative. The elements in the picture can be imagined in many ways and you can create a story of your own around it. FSF is extremely challenging as it just gives a word as a prompt and you need to write a fiction piece using only five sentences. But it gives the best ever boost to creativity.

My mother is very creative. She is a fashion designer, an artist and an awesome cook. I get most of my traits from her. It is not hard to be creative. And yet it is not something that you can learn. Creativity should come naturally to one. Just look around, there are so many things that can kick off your imagination or trigger an inspiration. But if they all look like mundane things to you, then well, there is no point. Creativity doesn't only mean in terms of art or writing. It can be anything. Be it a new recipe or thoughts about something. But I have noticed that some people are not creative at all. It is not that they cannot get inspired, it is just that they refuse to get inspired. Such people are content sitting at home and watching soaps endlessly, instead of developing a hobby. It can be due to lack of interest or sheer laziness; either ways that is such a boring life to lead.

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Had I not been a writer, I would have been a baker. Had I not been a baker, I would have been a dancer. Had I not been a dancer, I would have been a painter. Had I not been a painter, I would have been a tailor. Had I not been a tailor, I would have been an observer. Today I have all of these traits in me and they contribute immensely to my creativity. The satisfaction that I get in baking a new recipe or designing a new top for myself is something else altogether. And this is all because I am constantly in the search for inspiration for something or the other. Being creative gives me a sense of freedom and a sense of independence. It makes me feel good about myself. And the very reason I started a blog was to unleash my creativity in terms of words, emotions and feelings. Soon inspiration transformed into imagination and creation became a must for me to survive.

Creativity cannot be learnt nor thought. It should come from within a person. It is a wonderful process of self discovery and learning. Only if you are willing to go through it. Having said that, creation is not an easy task. At times it completely consumes you and leaves you with nothing. But if you get it right, then there is no looking back.

Give in to it. Look around. Set your imagination free. Get inspired. Be some one's inspiration.

Imagine. Create. Inspire.

Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of Words #4 Day 1.

24 comments:

  1. I agree. Inspiration can be found even in the mundane things in life. You just have to use it appropriately :)

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  2. That Thing had I not been a Writer , I would have been a Baker and that goes on and on... You are blessed indeed :)

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  3. Yes soumya . I conquer to your words. It's not rocket science but it comes with some interest . All the traits u told abt in a single person , wow that's a God gift . You roar man !! :)

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  4. Good to know that your Mom inspires you and that you are creative too. However, I beg to differ about the fact that not every one is creative. We all are creative - it's our nature. It's just that some of us have better opportunities and exposure. Also, creativity is a word that has been restricted so far to the arts etc. As I've mentioned in my post, creativity is being taught and learned in universities these days!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Corinne.

      Yes everyone is creative, but people who refuse to do something about it are as good as not being creative. I know a lot of people who prefer to not do anything. Inspite of having enough inspirations around.

      Creativity should not be restricted only to arts. It is a diverse field and can be found anywhere.

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  5. Woah! You are awesome! Didn't know you were a tailor too!

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    1. I'm kind of like a jack of all trades :P

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  6. I loved your post, Souyma. It was so inspiring and uplifting. I love the idea of being creative at whatever we do. I agree that some people don't even try to tap into their creativity which is such a shame. Must be a dull life indeed. All the best for the challenge!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting Cathy!

      It is a real shame indeed but such people so exist.

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  7. Loved the tag line at the end... "Imagine. Create. Inspire."
    True.. creativity is like a drug. If you are born with this gene, then you cannot live without it, no matter what you do.

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  8. Great thing...you have so many creative qualities and so has your mom. Good to know about it. Creativity is in everything and everything has creativity. We just need to look around :)

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  9. Whoooo!!! So many traits in one person, great to know that you are enjoying every bit of it

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  10. More than anything creativity requires courage :)

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  11. Very inspiring post and glad you know you explore your interests so well. I believe every one is creative. Some people like you find the right mode of expression and some like me fail at that :) How about posting a picture of that painting? Would love to see it!

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    1. Thank you Parul!

      I had put it up in some old post of mine, will put it up on Instagram today :)

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  12. Would love to see the painting you made, Soumya. You are a very busy person with so many talents. :) I do believe that everyone is creative, even the ones wasting time watching soaps endlessly must have some sort of creativity. As you said some people fail to acknowledge that. And don't you break my heart by saying that creativity cannot be learned, I plan on learning many new things. ;),

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    1. You can learn things only if you want to be creative. I am sure you are and you will learn a lot of new things :)

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