By Tannis Kelm

Creativity isn’t hard to try. Now, start trying.

“I’m bored.”

I have a hard time hearing that. Of all the things I like to hear, that isn’t one of them. I could have been bored. Now, that’s different. The littlest things, that’s what is noticeable when you step outside your boredom. The whole world is there to discover and you could probably do just about anything, or at least think about it. That to me will never get boring. It could get lonely, but at least it keeps you busy.

It’s all in if you want peace or not. Where you find that may stem from where you start looking or what you happen upon accidentally. How is it possible to achieve if you didn’t have some lull in which to find it? What can happen in a moment is immeasurable but you have to be receptive enough to get that ball rolling, as it were.

That moment is what bored wants to be, it’s what bored could be, but with motivation. Everyone has creativity but a lot of people don’t give themselves enough credit so they never take that step, afraid of failure.

There is no failure in creativity. Pick up that thing that you think you aren’t good at and start doing it.  Sketch, doodle, paint, sculpt, write, cook or scrapbook. You think you’re tone deaf but you can hear music? Anyone who can tell different songs apart by melody is not tone deaf. Start singing or pick up an instrument. The more you do it, the closer you’ll come to what you hear. Some of the best covers are found where you weren’t expecting them to go. The best music is what you didn’t expect to hear. Where creativity is concerned, it shouldn’t be what everyone else is doing. Find what works for you. Go for it. Seriously.

I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t like something new. Hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling in any combination or individually is stimulation, which is a start. Find something new and go with it. Google it if you need a reference point. That’s what the Internet is for.

Even if you never share what you create, it’s still an accomplishment and something to be proud of. More people should feel good about themselves and self expression is where it starts. Get it out because you can. You can find so much out about yourself and you can start somewhere as comfortable as your own room. If you never try you’ll never find out.

Robert M. Pirsig said, ”Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.”

So I guess what the man is saying is get bored, so you can remedy it.


Tannis Kelm is a singer/songwriter who performs under the name Hors. Find her on Facebook, Twitter , Sound Cloud, Tumblr, or her Gold Chair Sessions videos on YouTube. Tune in to CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg Tuesday nights at 11 p.m. for her show, Listening Pleasures.

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