What Creativity Means to Me
All thoughts and opinions are my own
I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want. I know this because I grew up listening to stories about the power of imagination, just like the stories LIFEWTR is sharing through the artwork on their bottles. That’s what gets me excited about partnering with LIFEWTR and 7-Eleven, and bringing you amazing inspirational stories to create and refresh your creative soul.
I was thinking about why creativity matters so much to me the other day, while I was trying to explain it to a friend. I told her a few stories of my childhood and how both of my parents are extremely creative.
My dad used to draw amazing portraits, and I’m reminded how talented he is every time I go to my grandma’s home and walk up the staircase. An uncle was telling me a story one day and he mentioned how my dad used to sit down at the table in the corner of their bedroom to draw until midnight, and how much they hated it because the light was on for hours. He and his six brothers shared a “bedroom”, that was more like an open space on the second floor of their home. I always think of that when I complain about the space I have in my home for art and crafts.
My mom developed her creativity from early age, and more from necessity than anything else. She didn’t have much as she grew up, which lead her, and her siblings, to use whatever they could find to create the things they needed to survive. Growing up like that defined my mother’s character and her confidence to believe that she could create whatever she imagined. I looked up to her all my life, because she inspires me to dream.
I like to remember myself at four years old when I used to sell my artwork to neighbors for 50 cents. I remember that, and how 11 years later, I found one of my old neighbors and she told me that she still had one of the painting she bought from me because it reminds her how brave I was that day, knocking on her door and selling her my adorable artwork. It was a bit weird, but also kind of awesome, to know that one person in the world kept something I made because it made her feel something positive.
Walking through 7-Eleven, and finding these colorful bottles featuring art from three young artists who have discovered the empowerment that comes with creativity, made me feel really inspired to come back home and create.
I believe, just like LIFEWTR believes, that inspiration is as essential to life as water, because it moves us forward by unleashing our creative potential. Their series 4 bottles focus on ‘Arts in Education’ and the focus is to bring art back to schools. You can learn more about that initiative here!
Every few months, LIFEWTR will be launching a new series of LIFEWTR bottles focused on a unique aspect of art, and putting the spotlight on three new artists. I can’t wait to see their Series 5 ‘Art Beyond Borders’ bottles and I’m sure they’re going to be super colorful, too!