I generally find that I am not a creative person as such. As in new and novel ideas. Over the years I have tried different creative outlets. I went out and bought a canon DSLR and took thousands of pictures. Out of all of them 1 was what I considered fantastic it was by pure chance I was up on a small mountain for work and I saw a dragon fly. It flew past so I followed it for a while and it landed on the bit of cactus that had been eaten by something and was only a Skelton when I got close I saw that the dragonfly’s wings where the same full of holes with a skeleton type of apperance. I took a bunch of pictures of it with different depths of focus before it flew away. Out of all the pictures I took this was the only unique picture over probably 2 years.
But a good photographer will take a picture of a rock and make it unique.
I think what I am trying to say is yes in this day and age that most things have been done but what makes something new is in the detail and delivery. And being creative is how you deliver something old in a new way.
Maybe that process of looking at somthing and seeing it in new light and presenting it with your own flair is like training wheels. The skills of analytical thinking about already existing “things”. And looking at ways of making them better or different will allow you to find that new idea to identify it when it presents itself.
Another thing I have noticed about the people in my life that I think have vision and are creative is they see the world with wonder. They look at a technology or piece of music or whatever and appreciate what it must have taken to get to that point and what that item dose for the people that consume it.
For me I look at creative people like this because i feel novel creativity is something that I lack.
Don’t give up even if you don’t break new ground or have that one unique idea that changes the world. You might provide the inspiration or the next step in the evolution of whatever your passion is to the person that follows after you and maybe the person after them and perhaps the next person may come up with the idea that changes the world.
Sorry that little thought bubble went on a little longer than I thought it would.