I was reading a blog post arguing that creativity is more purpose driven than passion driven. I think there is a lot of truth to this sentiment.
I am passionate about science. I love to learn about science. I even successfully completed all of the coursework for a doctorate in organic chemistry. However, when it came time to do the research, I lacked purpose. When I reflected on my purpose, I hoped to teach one day. This started me on my journey as an educator.
Purpose as the driving factor for achieving goals makes sense, but I am not writing to simply rehash what A.J already said the the blog post above. While I don’t think he intended to make this point (perhaps he did), I found myself thinking about what is considered to be creative acts in today’s world. I began to look around my own life and wonder, what do I create?
I suspect many of us are in awe of the folks who write books or create new apps and might even say, “I wish I were that creative”. However, as I reflected on my own purpose and the things I do to achieve that purpose, I realized that I am engage in creative acts of design all the time. My creative acts just are not meant to be mass consumed. Many of the greatest creations are not meant for public consumption.
So, I’m going to continue to pursue my passions and create my heart out for my small audiences. I hope you’ll do the same.