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What It Really Means To Be Creative

Be your own brand of creative. The world needs more of that.
ART Trixie Ison

As children we're often praised for our achievements—no matter how small: the messiest finger painting of a pony when you were in preschool, your first steps during infancy, braving through that annual dentist trip for cavity checks, or even just finishing your veggies during dinner. But then, these were only that: achievements. Come to think of it, nothing in this world is as common as achievement. Ask anyone, they're bound to be proud of at least one thing they've done in their lives—and that is what makes achievement; because its definition varies to everyone. If you really think about it, true creativity is the rarest things in the world.

Let me explain.

If we were to define creativity right down to the most bland, tasteless, emotionless way possible, it'd be this: coming up with original ideas. It sounds easy, but not entirely so. See, you are unique—just like everyone else. See the mighty paradox there? In a world that grows and consumes faster than it can create, then what do we have there to stand in awe for? When did we start obsessing over the latest gadgets or the hottest brands to ever walk the runway? When did we stop dreaming of ways to create? When did we choose to be the consumer instead of the creator?

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In a world that grows and consumes faster than it can create, then what do we have there to stand in awe for?

This is what it really means to be creative.

Creativity is not a beautiful smile painting a wonderful masterpiece in a single go. It's staying up late at night drawing up a thousand drafts to find one you think is just perfect. Creativity is not sitting down to write a poem, a book, a story in a fancy café sipping lattes. It's that type of frustration that makes you want to rip your hair out from the roots and a million rewriting attempts to find the perfect way to speak your mind so that everyone can feel the same way you do through the pages. Creativity is not going outside to take photos and capturing the best one in a few clicks. It's waiting out through the weather and patiently, painstakingly angling your shutter to capture the famous thousand words that a photo could be.

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Creativity is not butterflies and rainbows and ponies. Creativity is burning determination to pursue your passion and push forward no matter what—despite what anyone else says.

Creativity is finding hidden patterns and generating hidden connections between unrelated objects and making it work. Creativity is willingly getting down and dirty to mold mud and grime into marble and gold. Creativity is that smile on your face after you see your finished masterpiece for the first time, and standing there in awe of what you have created.

Creativity is disappointment, dissatisfaction, tears, sweat, criticism, doubt, self-loathing. It's shame, not being good enough as the other folks, being your own worst critic, standing there quietly while everyone else whispers and stares. Creativity is braving through prejudice and getting knocked down to the ground a thousand times—but getting back up a thousand and one.

Being creative means seeing the beauty in everything and anything around you. Creativity means expressing yourself bravely, uniquely, and being proud to be your own brand of amazing. Look at it this way: sunflowers and Christmas lights are both immensely beautiful, but neither of them look the least bit alike.

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Never try to conform to what has been already done just because it gets more attention; otherwise you'll simply be a mere replica of someone else’s work. Be original. Take those risks, RUN (not step) out of your comfort zone, try something new (when was the last time you did somethings for the first time?), cry, scream, laugh your heart out when the situation calls for it. Don't ever try to hide who you really are otherwise you'll get a million friends who you don't even truly know like you for who you are NOT.

Know the value of your imagination, your originality, your creativity. All these are equally priceless. If you dream up a lot of brilliantly amazing things, it'd make the most famous artist the world has ever known a run for his/her money. But don't act on it, then you are imaginative, but not exactly creative.

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Be your own brand of creative. The world needs more of that.

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As a certified Candy Girl, I constantly push myself out of my comfort zone to experience all the adventure life can bring and to pour my heart out into everything I do. If I'm not writing, you may find me obsessing about cats, latte art, fashion, books, or french fries.
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I was, but I am not. Desperately, I am trying to reach you – my hope. I am in this particular space in my own constructed world where doubts and frustrations recur. Emphasizing how scared I am being here, I never explored this area before. I was always in those places filled with benevolence, hope shining like the light the sun and the moon possess. And I didn’t have any plans to visit a ‘dark’ place, as how I described it then. But, as funny as how my world suddenly flipped, I am now here, completely lost with monsters persuading me to go insane.

How did I end up here? I can’t logically tell you the answer for that, but I guess, I know when. It started when I had to consider what college course do I want to pursue. Well, if you want to ask what ambition had occurred in my mind when I was young – which is usually the case in terms of life when you were like 7-year-old young - it was definitely being a doctor. I’d thought about wearing a medical coat with a stethoscope around my neck, ready to cure people from their illnesses. It was actually stuck in my mind for so long I almost thought that I was sure of it, yet, as a particular song yields, almost was never really enough and still, it is and will never be.

When I realized that such a perspective was slowly draining me, I tried my best to stand tough. I convinced myself that this was just temporary, that I could think of a way out of this. “There’s still plenty of time,” I once convinced myself. However, my environment demonstrated the contrary: I felt like I was completely out of time.

I was there when my classmates were happily talking about that ‘dream course’ they wish to take in their ‘dream university.’ I was there when my family was suggesting the thought of using my ‘suitable’ speaking voice for broadcasting and voice acting purposes. I was there when my teacher was convincing me that Education suited me the best. That ‘Stand tough!’ aura I used to own back then, suddenly transformed into ‘I give up!’ state, slowly destroying my being. And now, I am here in this space where doubts and frustrations are filling my former enthusiastic self. I need help.

I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.

LIFE ADVICE YOU NEED TO HEAR WHILE YOURE STILL YOUNG

This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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