We face so many obstacles that keep us from living a creative life. Although many of us have a deep desire to realize our creative calling, that calling can get lost in our day to day lives. We need some disciplines and tools to help us fully enter into the creative life God calls us to live.
I was reminded of one such tool last week. I spent three days speaking at the national Christian Youth Theatre Conference. Being with the CYT Community filled me with energy, life, and joy in ways that I never would have imagined. I absolutely love this community and the work they are doing.
Spending three days with them taught me about the power of contagious creativity.
I learned that when you surround yourself with other creatives, your own creative energy gets an enormous boost. All week long, I watched CYT students courageously present Improv, develop their craft in workshops, and perform musical theatre songs with great passion. Being around these people and watching them create birthed something in my soul.
I felt more creative energy than I’ve felt in a long time. I left the conference with a new sense of inspiration and passion to lean into the creative calling that God has placed on my life. Apparently, if you want to live a creative life, you should surround yourself with other creatives. When that happens, sparks fly.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” That was exactly what I experienced hanging out with the CYT community. From the inspired leadership team, all the way down to the younger students, I felt myself sharpened, challenged, and inspired by their creativity. Creativity lived out in another person’s life sharpens the creativity God has placed in mine.
If you want to live a creative life, you have to surround yourself with other creative people. You have to watch other people create, and allow their creative energy to inspire you. I’m dreaming about launching a local expression of this in Kansas City. Maybe a monthly gathering of creative types who want to gather together to encourage each other and talk about how to live a creative life.
If you want to live a creative life, one of the most impactful steps you can take is to establish a discipline of surrounding yourself with other creatives. It will fuel you in your creative journey like nothing else will.
What are some environments where you have experienced this “contagious creativity?”