The Hidden Purpose of Creative Acts

We ask the question what’s the point? as if someone else is already saying what we’d like to say, and inevitably saying it better. They’re drawing better, painting better, designing better, inventing better, explaining better. They’re also doing it faster, and looking better while they do it.

If we’re lucky, someone reminds us (or in our better moments we remind ourselves) that no one else would say it quite the way we would, and that is true. It’s also true that there are people for whom the way we say it is exactly what they need to hear.

But the person most affected by our creative self-expression is our self. The point, if you’re asking, is that we are created by the things we are called to create.

Artists talk about uncovering the painting in the canvas. Sculptors say the statue is already in the block of marble and their job is to release it. Writers speak of listening for the stories that gather in the air above them. Who or what is making who, exactly?

Each creative act changes us and the world outside us. Something new exists. We exist in a new form.

With every creative act we dissemble and reassemble ourselves. Who we were before we answered the call to create falls away, replaced with a slightly altered self.

Over time, people and circumstances that do not align with our expressed self naturally begin to slip away, replaced with new circumstances and opportunities. We live in a world where both the road we walk on and the landscape we walk through is being created with each step taken; a constant building and falling away that perfectly fits the shape of our expressed self.

When we feel stuck, when life or the world feels static, it is because we have stopped moving.

Each creative step takes us closer to who we really are—the one sending the creative urges, not the one who doubts them. Who we are is beyond personality, beyond our patterns and learned responses, beyond fears, beyond opinions, beyond cultural and societal norms.

The more we allow our creative urges, and the less we question what wants to be written or made, the more and faster creativity flows. The more we express ourselves creatively, the more we become the person we are at heart.

Creativity is not just something we do. It is more than the act of creating some tangible thing. It is the process of being created by the very thing that wants to come through us. Our creative urges are telling us this is who you are. Look closely—who is it you are being invited to be?