Have you ever given a thought to how we define creativity?

You know, it’s far more subjective than objective. There is no single standard for what constitutes creativity. It’s similar to how we all have varied musical or food preferences.

Think about it. When you look at a work of art, what you feel as magnificent may appear absolutely boring to someone else. It all boils down to our individual experiences and backgrounds. For example, a painting that appeals to someone who enjoys abstract art may appear as random splashes of color to someone who appreciates realism. These personal experiences influence our perceptions.

However, it’s more than just personal preferences. Cultural factors are also extremely important. Consider traditional Japanese art, for example. It’s all about simplicity and minimalism, which some people find tremendously creative and meaningful. Others, particularly those familiar to Western art’s richness and vibrant hues, may not appreciate it as much.

This subjectivity also extends to literature and music. A novel with a complicated, non-linear storyline may be seen as a masterpiece by one reader but perplexing to another. Consider jazz as a musical genre. Its improvisational character is extremely innovative for jazz fans, but it may not appeal to others who like structured pop tunes.

What’s nice about subjectivity is that it allows us to see creativity in a variety of ways. It promotes open-mindedness and respect for different points of view. When we recognize that there is no single way to describe or judge creativity, we may better appreciate the diverse innovative projects that surround us.

This also applies to everyday things, not simply high art and literature. Think about cooking. A cuisine that one person finds extremely inventive and tasty may not be to another’s liking at all. Or fashion—someone may believe a particular clothing is highly stylish and inventive.

So, the next time you come across a work of art, a new song, or a new concept, remember that what you find creative may not be the same for everyone else—and that’s just fine. Creativity is fascinating because of its diversity and who knows, perhaps by broadening our perspectives, we will discover new forms of creativity that we never expected to enjoy.