There is nothing quite like being on the Creative Edge. That moment when you realise that your creativity is boundless, limitless, it cannot be articulated into words. It’s the sense of bliss that comes with creative insight. It coincides almost with that giddy feeling of falling in love. Suddenly everything fits into place, and the world makes sense. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed,
“Odd how the creative power brings the whole universe at once to order.”
It will have you scribbling in your notebook as fast as your thoughts can carry you.
It will have you vigorously sketching, designing, and planning.
You will get lost until the early hours of the morning
Because time stands still in this magical land of creative euphoria.
Euphoria… defined straightforwardly in the dictionary as
“a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.”
For others, euphoria is a state of mind or being, a place where the lines of reality and imagination are blurred. It is only then that true creativity can be achieved, and when innovation can take place. A place where our minds have no boundaries, we are free to explore all possibilities and ideas, free from the restraints of convention and logic.
Some of us may not consider ourselves to be artists, but you don’t have to be an artist to reach the peak of creativity. Many of us don’t realise that creativity is a process that occurs to us daily. It’s crucial to our quality of life. It helps us to form a connection with our thoughts, emotions, passions, and dreams. It’s a connection that we must cultivate to achieve the height of our well-being, our truest potential, and our unique qualities to shine through.
Unfortunately, our creative spirit often lies dormant. We become enslaved to our routines, bounded to the opinions of our peers, and shackled to the humdrum of the 9-5 desk job. We forget that creativity is the key to unlocking these chains. We forget what it was like to be a child- to play, experiment, and imagine without the need to justify our choices and reasons. The Creative Edge can bring us back to childlike innocence.
In the place of Creative Euphoria, a place where all the clocks stop, we have the time to explore the full depths of nature, beauty, and the subtleties of our inner worlds too. We can find our authentic selves and establish ways of bringing forward our inner world and sharing it with the outer world. I’ll say again, this isn’t just about creating a beautiful piece of artwork or writing a profound poem.
Arriving at the Creative Edge is a journey for everyone. It’s anything that we do that enlightens, inspires, or motivates us; anything that fuels our passions, wants, and needs. It keeps us in tune with ourselves and who we are.
We can amaze ourselves! When we are on a roll, and the imaginative/innovative ideas are flowing like an unstoppable stream, we are taken aback when we realise where our true potential lies. Our self-confidence and self-esteem grow along with our ideas as we realise our strengths and capabilities. We don’t want it to stop. We want to be lost in this moment forever.
We love better. When we do what we love doing and reach that creative high, we connect with our true, unique selves. We get to know ourselves better and begin to love ourselves and form a closer bond with the rest of humanity. Because we are more fulfilled, our positivity radiates and influences those around us too. With creativity, we can potentially change the world!
Creativity is not just a hobby and being on the edge of it is not just about creating something “good” out of it. It’s a form of enlightenment, a moment when you realise the endless possibilities of life and what it has to offer. It’s about thinking outside of the box, free from conventions, and exploring uncharted land, adventuring into your inner world and exploring the depths of your authentic self, as well as the intricacies of the world around you. It is upturning every rock and exploring every possibility that maybe hiding and putting all your heart and soul into your passions. As actor Danny Kaye once said, “Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint you can on it.”