Creativity is a skill, an ability within a human being. Each one of us is born with different levels of this and other abilities that can be stimulated or not which is why it can be developed and improved like the rest of human abilities.
In this way, we can confirm that it is the ability that an individual has to give responses, alternate solutions to overcome a difficulty, a challenge. The greater our ability to respond, the greater possibilities we will have of overcoming the challenge and achieving our goal.
Quite the contrary to what many think, creativity is not exclusive to the artistic realm. It exists in all of the professional realms and spheres of knowledge.
We live in difficult times and we all know that survival of an individual facing a hostile environment depends on their association with groups of the same species, of their corporatism, and of collaboration between its members.
Creativity is born from the instinct to survive and from the individual commitment to support the species; as a response to overcoming a challenge that threatens its extinction.
In the early days of the human species, creation of the first artistic representations in the Stone Age, cave paintings, arose from a feeling very much beyond pure esthetics given that they confer a magical feeling: to represent reality was a way of capturing it, of making it theirs and in this way resembling the capture of food, the first and most basic way to guarantee continuity of the group. This fact reveals the novel idea of an emotional component in human intelligence derived from their level of responsibility and commitment.
Many and varied exercises exist to strengthen our creativity. These are easily found in any manual on the subject, but the most important, in my humble opinion, is to take on challenges which mean that we have to be willing to regularly invest our personal effort . This is the only way that I know of to be able to overcome difficulties and offer solutions.
*In 1914, at eleven years old, María Luisa Alemany Rodríguez dreamed of film making. She spent long hours alone play experimenting. This picture of little girls holding hands forming a circle is a magnificent and skillful illusion created by her from her own image reflected in different mirrors.