Is Thinking Differently a Curse or Gift?

Welcome to Week Three of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce

Today’s topic is Creative Inheritance. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 

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December 11th: The Creative Process.



  1. the act of inheriting property; the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring; the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations
  2. something that is or may be inherited
  3. tradition; a valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature
  4. obsolete : possession

creativity (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

The Mavericks

My family is full of fighter pilots and nonconformists. Later in life, these thrill seekers went on to excel in places that required facile tongues and creative thinking.

There’s nothing quite so engaging as being swept up into their interest or as unsettling when that focus moves away. I remember understanding as a very young child that frenetic activity and choices away from the norm were deeply fulfilling, but also carried a heavy cost in anxiety and sadness.

I definitely continue this legacy of extending myself out to create followed by bouts of regression to decompress. I have worked to find a middle ground between the two as I’ve gotten older. I was diagnosed as an adult with ADHD, which has helped me to harness the great skills that come from it while minimizing the down-sides.

The Real Art Teachers

When I first read this topic, I thought that I would have nothing to write about it. I realized that I was holding an idea of myself as an uncreative person. I was downplaying the many creative ways I express myself according to a narrow definition of creativity. Those are pretty big self-limitations.

There are two parts to deconstructing this: What I think a creative person is and Where I picked up the idea.

I know exactly where I first got the idea that I wasn’t a creative person. It was in sixth grade art class. This was what first tied structured art with creativity for me.

I loved creative expression and art (sometimes separately, sometimes together) until I ran into this teacher. I remember that she returned my work to me almost every time with the request that I “try harder” to meet the assignment requirements. There were notes that the piece didn’t have enough detail or it wasn’t orderly enough.

I remember working on a metal etching. I poured all of my passion into it, only to have it returned with a giant, black sharpie marker “X” across the sheet of metal. That was the last time I remember creating for the pure joy of it.

The school I went to allowed teachers to give 3 grades: an overall letter grade, and effort and attitude on a scale from 1 to 5. I can’t recall the letter grades, but I still remember getting my first failing effort and attitude scores that year. Whatever it was that was going on with that teacher, the upshot was to destroy my love of creating pretty effectively.

My definition of a creative person is what I did before I ran into this art teacher: pure, in the flow, enjoyment of the creative process without any self-consciousness. I struggle with this today still, but watching my kids’ uninhibited creativity is coaxing me out of my shell. I’m learning more from them than I ever did in school about creativity.

I look back on the genetic and nurtured inheritance of creativity that my family has given me with deep gratitude. I even look back on my sixth grade teacher with gratitude now.

The experiences with both family and teacher were so deeply profound that they’ve created areas for self-awareness. I hope I am able to pull from the very best that my ancestors have gifted my children with to help them hold on tightly to their creative spirits.


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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
  • In
    ‘From Trash To Treasure: Christmas Decoration’ Laura from Authentic Parenting shares fond memories crafting with her mom and a little
    project her mom did recently.
  • Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings celebrates the rich creative inheritance of her mother’s poetic soul and artful ways. 
  • Is thinking differently a curse or a gift? Zoie at TouchstoneZ susses out whether her family legacy might hinder or encourage creativity.
  • Dawn Collins at TheBarefootHome Dawn thinks we’re all born with a creative inheritance from the mother we all share…Mother Nature.
  • Licia Berry at Illumined Arts looks at the creative inheritance passed on by our ancestral lineage, discovered through sexuality and the Sacred Feminine within in “Sexuality and the Sacred Feminine”
  • Alex at The Art of Birth explores the nature of creativity. 
  • Handcrafts are prayers, that’s what Corina from PatchScrap learned from grandmother.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine retraces her creative inheritance from her childhood and all the way back to the 19th Century.  
  • Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak says “I have always known my creative inheritance and it is so very important for my children to know theirs.”
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness reflects on her experiences of creativity.
  • Creative Inheritance is a Beautiful Thing, says Aimee at Creativeflutters and discusses where her creativity comes from and what influences in her family have helped her on her artistic journey. 
  • Georgie at Visual Toast shares her creative inheritance.
  • Esther at Nurture Workshop expresses the gift of a creative mind and the doors that are waiting to be opened for those who are willing to explore.
  • Whitney Freya at Creatively Fit is inspired by the sacred spark within each of us, a spark that transcends time and is infinitely creative.
  • Denise at It Begins with a Verse  looks back at her family’s creative inheritance.
  • Womansart shares her reflections on creative inheritance.
  • Lys at Stars and Spirals looks at the creative inheritance as described by the astrological chart, drawing on her personal journey into motherhood and reawakened creativity.
  • Biromums wrote poems about their creative inheritance.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb reflects on the various artists within her family and how it has shaped her identity and what impression she wishes to leave her own children. 
  • Marit’s Paper World shares her creative inheritance.
  • Lucy at Capture by Lucy  reflects on her experiences of creativity.
  • Knitting blankets and the inner landscape–my mother’s life’s work, writes Nicki from Just Like Play
  • Something Sacred – Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From writes about how the creativity of the women in her family has influenced her.
  • Mamma Bloom at Breathe and Bloom writes about her creative inheritance.
  • Mama is Inspired shares how she loved to make holiday ornaments as a child, and now is continuing that tradition with her own child.
  • Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way. 
  • KatyStuff hopes inheritance is a long way off, but, when the day comes her woodworker father has already said he is comforted by knowing his work is in so many homes.
  • Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl realizes that the creativity she craves for so deeply may actually be something that runs deeper than just her imagination.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares her creative journey.
  • Rising on the Road shares her experiences at Finding Life in a Death.

9 thoughts on “Is Thinking Differently a Curse or Gift?

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  7. Grrrrrrrr to art teachers wrecking students creative confidence. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a version of this whilst writing the book. It should be a criminal offence for an art teacher to put kids off art. Thanks for your reflections.

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