Your creativity is your unique capital. It’s the part of your personal dna, the melting pot of all your mind, body and soul experience that is so uniquely you, that no one can do the same.
Are you familiar with Pierre Bourdieu’s theory on our different capitals?
In case not, I’ll try to explain it simply.
Pierre Bourdieu was a French sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher, and public intellectual. Wikipedia
Bourdieu talked about how the capital we each have with us in our “rucksack”, decides what kind of life we are set out for.
He talked of 3 types of capital:
Social capital refers to the social relations and networks you have in your life. The resources and the quality of those resources. And the impact of those human resources.
Your economic capital is about your money, finances and assets. Material goods. That kind of stuff.
Your cultural capital is your level of education, your intellect, your style of speech and dress. Your manners and skills.
This is a very quick and short explanation. If you want to learn more and nerd a little in Bourdieu’s theories, just google him. It’s interesting stuff.
We each have this “baggage” we carry around, based on how and where we grew up. It’s things like the social status of our parents, the area we grew up in and so on.
This “baggage” plays a big role in how well we do in school, and later in life.
But I think there’s a capital that is way more important than social, economic, and cultural capital
And that is creative capital.
Creativity is your unique capital
Imagine if we, in our education systems, focused on finding each childs creative capital. Each childs fantasy. Imagine if we spend as much time investigating what it is each child has inside of interests and passions, as we do on maths and spelling.
If our mission in life is to investigate and try out ways to express ourselves creatively.
From young childhood. Just imagine.
My theory is, that it wouldn’t matter then what social status you come from. How much economic capital you have in your rucksack.
We would not look at color, status, background, sexuality, our parents income and other things which we have no control over. But are still being judged by.
If focus is on our creative capital, then there can be no comparison. There can be no “us and them”, because creativity is personal. In creativity, there is no right or wrong.
There are mistakes in the applying the creative act. Failing many times is an essential part of applying your creative thinking into action.
But that is different from doing something wrong. In creativity you almost cannot do something wrong. Unless you harm someone.
How to find your creative capital?
Stop looking at social media.
Sit down with a pen and paper.
Ask yourself some questions: what do you love? What pisses you off in life? If you could do anything, what would you do?
Be curious about who you are. Make it your mission not to be like everyone else.
Write, doodle, paint, sculp, walk, talk, film, play.
Fail. Laugh. Try. Fail. Laugh. Try. Fail. Laugh. Try.
Be curious. Get your detective Sherlock hat on. Who are you? Why?
Your creative capital is what you are here for. It’s what makes you you. I believe this completely. There IS no comparison. There can’t be. We are not meant to be the same, we never can be.
We share many things of course. Overall, we are all part of each other, the same human race, with the set of feelings, the same need for belonging, love and kindness. And so much more.
This , of course, is a wish for a change in our school systems, and our kindergartens, and all learning institutions, work places, corporations.
But it starts with you and me. We have a responsibility to the limitations of our thoughts. We must challenge “what we know to be true”. Cause maybe we don’t know.
It’s not about doing a lot of different things, getting 50 educations and going for manager jobs. It’s simply about using your fantasy and expressing yourself creatively.
Simple, but not easy.
But OH MY G so worth it.
We must do it. You and I.
How are you going to use your creative capital?