There is no doubt that creativity has become one of the rare and valuable skills at this age.
Humans are perhaps the only species that has the potential of being creative. Think about any other species on earth, everything about them is predefined.
Humans have the highest consciousness among all the species.
One question my childhood friend ask me frequently is-
'Hey, why don't we have great artists and scientists like we had in the earlier times (maybe 100 years back or before that).'
By no means, he wanted to say that we don't have any today but numbers are much less.
If you give it a deep thought, you will realize that he is not entirely wrong.
The world has not witnessed people like Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, etc. again.
Of course, we do have great people at this age, but numbers are much less than earlier times.
Many people find it surprising because today we have an abundance of information. We can know anything and almost everything by a few clicks on the internet.
Sir Issac Newton said-
"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants"
Today we have more shoulders of giants than earlier times.
Then what is going wrong?
Why don't we have creative people like before?
Hobert A. Simon, a Nobel laureate once said-
"A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention"
We all can relate to this. This is precisely why today we are losing our creativity.
Suppose you want to be a writer. What will you do?
The first thing perhaps you will do is search in Google about how to become a great writer. How to write engaging content. You will visit a number of websites for that.
And then you will look for books that will teach you how to become a writer. You can also take classes for that.
You see there are various options available today. All of these are OK.
But just think about it, everyone will tell you what worked for them. What they enjoyed writing. Everyone has a different style of writing.
What worked for them might not work for you. You need to find your own uniqueness in your craft.
Why do you think we feel so hooked when we read books of R. K. Narayan, Munsi Premchand, Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy, etc.?
Because they all have their own style of writing that we find unique.
You also have something trademark within you. When people find that uniqueness in your craft, they find you very creative.
But sadly we are living in the most distracted time in history. From waking up in the morning to sleeping at night, we rarely have time to nourish our inner being.
Had Leonardo Da Vinci born in today's distracted time, I doubt he would become such a genius polymath. He devoted his time to explore his curiosities and that's why he became a unique persona.
Unless you polish your craft consistently and nurture your inner self, it's not easy to find your unique abilities.
On top of that, the world around us is trying its best to make us just everybody else. Rarely people will encourage you to become unique.
But deep inside we all want to become that unique person that we are actually from inside.
Keep aside some time every day for yourself. Often ask some bigger questions of life to yourself.
The most beautiful answers to life are not available in Google but you need to extract those answers from your inner self.
In the long term, you will get satisfaction from life only if you find your own uniqueness and do something aligned with that.