Sometimes when I’m walking down the street, people stop and ask me, “How do I get to the Jefferson Hotel?” I tell them I don’t know, I’m just coming home from the gym. But something I do know a lot about is how to be creative. Creativity is the spice of life. Imagine deviled eggs without paprika, chicken potpie without oregano, fish stew without cinnamon—that’s the world without creativity. But, lucky for you, I’m here to share some tips about how to be more creative.
Tip #1: Use More Paper Mache
If you think paper mache is just for elementary school art projects then you are mistaken. In fact, paper mache is one of the few aesthetically perfect materials. Find a scratch on your car? Forget about paint and let your vehicle stand out with some paper mache. Looking for an interesting way to decorate your microwave? Wrap it in paper mache. Lose your index finger in a boating accident? Well, who needs prosthetics when you have paper mache?
Tip #2: Match Your Clothes to Your Mood
Creativity is a way of life. Don’t stop at just adding creative flourishes to your daily routine. Instead, embody your spirit. Show it off to the world. If you’re feeling peppy, wear bright colors. If you feel like grazing in a meadow, dress up like a horse. If you feel like eating pizza, then wear pizza.
Tip #3: Combine Everything
You might think that this tip goes without saying, but people rarely combine everything to the height of creativity. Blend your deodorant with your toothpaste. Squirt peanut juice into your milk. Take a bath while you drive to work. Burn leaves while you play catch with your son. Have fun!
Tip #4: Don’t Censor Yourself
The biggest roadblock to creativity is self-censorship. Say yes to your thoughts. Give a high five to your dreams. If it occurs to you to tell your best friend that she reminds you of a hispanic Mary Todd Lincoln, then go ahead and say it—even if you don’t know what it means. If a guy walks by and you feel like clapping your shoes together and singing the theme song from Friends as you follow him, then do it. Don’t hold back. If you have the urge to lock yourself in a walk-in freezer with a wolf and fight for the good of this country, then do it. God bless you.
Tip #5: Close Your Eyes
My final tip might be the simplest of all but I think it’s also the most important. If you want to be more creative then the first thing you need to do is close your eyes and see the possibilities inside of you. You are a creative person even if you don’t know it yet. Your imagination is beautiful. Your fantasies are truth. Close your eyes. It’s as simple as that. Close your eyes at work. Close your eyes at crosswalks. Close your eyes when you sleep. You are creativity. Creativity is you.