If you’ve ever felt your world teetering, then found relief by homing in on an artistic venture, you know that creativity is an antidote for uncertainty.
That’s especially good news these days.
Because it’s a weird world we’re living in at the moment. And with so many crises popping up left and right, it’s hard to feel certain of anything.
How Creativity Is An Antidote For Uncertainty
In the whirlwind of activity we call life, it can be hard to stay grounded amidst the swift and sweeping changes. But when one is in the creative zone, there’s a sense of certainty that all is as it should be in the world.
Why is this? There are a number of reasons. Creativity allows us to do the following:
1. Thrive In Discomfort
There’s so much to be said for getting outside the familiar structures of our lives – to dive into something new and unfamiliar and have faith in the process. This is the definition of creativity.
While it may seem that staying in patterns of structure and predictability are more grounding, comfort and familiarity don’t do a lot for growth. They don’t challenge our faith.
Artists and creative sorts are encouraged to explore and be with the physical and psychological state of discomfort. Being in the midst of discomfort builds mental and physical resilience that enables artists to find a sense of certainty in even the most uncertain of times.
And at the end of the day, being able to use creativity while in discomfort fosters adaptability and growth. Speaking of which…
2. Adapt and Grow
When life is uncertain, it results in the above-mentioned discomfort. But putting faith in the creative process while life is getting turned upside-down is like tapping into an unseen current. Think of it as the same energy that turns a small seed into a mighty tree.
Creativity is the ability to adapt to a situation and flow with changes that are beyond our control. But it’s also the acknowledgment that we’re willing to pursue our dreams in hopes of becoming a more evolved version of ourselves.
3. Embrace Change
Change is one of the few constants in life. It’s always happening. Yet sometimes (like right now in late 2021) the speed of change can feel downright overwhelming.
Artists and others who navigate the oceans of uncertainty with a creative rudder welcome change. They recognize the inherent relationship between change and the creative force. In fact, it’s not uncommon for artists to have a deep relationship with nature – where change is continual and never-ending.
Cells in the human body are no different. They are forever transforming. And the process of change releases energy that becomes available for other ventures. Artists are in on this little secret.
They understand that the creative process frees energy that can be used for decision-making and problem-solving. And during times of uncertainty, these are two assets of tremendous value.
4. Enable the Ability to Make Better Choices
Have you ever been stuck in indecision? If so, you’re not alone. Indecision is the ultimate state of uncertainty. And sometimes it’s because we just don’t trust in our ability to make the so-called “right” choice.
Regularly engaging in creative work trains the mind to see situations in a new light and from a different perspective though. It requires us to reevaluate the options. This is particularly important when the old ways cease to work.
In times of great uncertainty, it’s all too easy to seek comfort in old methods. When they’re no longer effective though, we have to be able to recalibrate. Recognizing previously hidden points of view can be very empowering. And it can fuel a distinct level of much-needed certainty.
5. Have Faith
We’re not talking about religion here.
But studies show that people who say they believe in good luck are primed to believe that positive things will come their way. In a sense, they believe they always have the upper hand. As such, they tend to perform better on tasks than those who say they don’t believe in luck.
Those who are dedicated to a creative life have faith in their capabilities to succeed in their chosen area. They have the artistic upper hand. And part of this success is the willingness to learn something new or to develop a skill set that will lead them to their creation. This is one of the components that enable creative folks to have the optimism, hope, and self-empowerment to reach their goals.
In other words, they’re willing to stick with the process until they master it. And they know they’ll master it. If that’s not certainty, we don’t what is.
Is Your Creative Child Struggling With Uncertainty?
If your child feels uncertain about his or her place in the conventional educational system, you may want to explore the option of an arts academy middle school/high school.
At our school, we know that creativity is an antidote for uncertainty. And in these times, it’s impossible to put a price on that.
So if you think your child could thrive in a more creative environment, contact us today to take a tour of our school. More and more, the working world is seeking highly creative folks. Isn’t it time to give your child the chance he or she deserves?