Writer nochnoch (Enoch Li) admits that she never thought she “had any creativity” – but rediscovered her talents in dealing with depression. Here are some excerpts from her article Depressed Creativity :
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.
Also see her article Regaining Control Over Depression.
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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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