I know that that phrase is not exactly novel. But it's true. I once had the concept for a puppet show. I did some sample episodes on my very old, long-gone USB webcam, and one half of it was liked, and the other half was not. It was called the Vicki and Panda Show. Panda, obviously, is a panda puppet, who would later be named Bamboo by a friend at the time. He's portrayed as a slow-minded panda that actually ends up betraying his true intelligence through the sketches. Everyone I ever performed him to loved him. Vicki was not so lucky.
Vicki is a little mouse puppet that I've had forever. I think she was my mom's before me. I had the clever idea to have her be a mouse that thought she was a cat. It also seemed clever to me at the time that she and Panda have a sort of relationship. It wasn't exactly romantic, but not exactly adversarial. Really the whole point was for Vicki to try and draw out the shy and actually right brilliant Bamboo. But I never exactly pulled it off correctly, so Vicki dropped out of the show at the advice of a couple of friends. As it turned out, Panda did some more funny stuff, but after high school, I basically abandoned him.
Years later, during my senior year of college, I picked him up again. But the videos I made were terrible and lousy. They weren't funny at all. I'd lost the spark. So I ditched him again. Until very recently, I had never considered doing webcam puppet shows again. But a few months ago, I picked up Panda again, as well as Vicki. However, I made Vicki only a voice in the background. I made a few short sketches which I thought were hilarious. One of my best friends at the time shot them down. So I stopped doing them. That was a huge mistake.
However, just in the past week, I discovered that I had in fact been on the right track. If someone hates something, instead of ditching the idea, try and understand why they hate it. If it's because it's not something that they have seen before, chances are that they simply don't understand it. It's very likely that with some refinement your idea will actually work on a grander scale. For whatever reason, it seems that our society has become programmed to stifle any sort of creativity that does not conform to pleasing the lowest common denominator.
Of course, your stuff could simply suck. But you have to truly come to the conclusion that you need to go back to the drawing board. Few ideas are irreedemable. But if you come to the discovery that you were simply doing exactly what you wanted to do, then you need to stick to it and find the right medium or audience that will fully appreciate it.
I cannot stress the tragedies of art that simply is not appreciated until after the artist's death. There are so many cases in history of this, of persecution and censorship that keeps true creativity from actually blossoming. Human beings are inherently creative, no matter what you might find yourself doing. If you are adding to the overall health of the universe with your actions, then you are creative. Even it's only a new process for the most seemingly mundane task that saves time and energy, that is creative. Every single human being is creative, no matter what anyone tells you. If you improve any other human being's life in anyway, that is true human creativity. It is simple as that.
Also, if you find yourself stressing over a creative project, chances are you truly trying too hard. I find myself guilty of this trangression all the time. In fact, I realized that the best material that I have ever created focuses on the most simple things, like puppets. Things like imaginary friend-type characters. You take the simplest things and turn them inside out and create something no one has ever seen before. That is exceptional creativity. That is what I wish to bring into the world. But anyone can do it with the simplest things. If you can bring a smile to someone's face just by turning a phrase or singing a lyric or doing something incredibly kind and generous, you have been creative. It isn't just about writing poems and stories, drawing pretty pictures, and being the architect of great buildings. It's about being a good person that gives of one's self without ever losing the essence of that self.
And with that, I hope that you will see just how creative you truly are. And if anyone ever hates you for that, kill them with kindness, and know that you're doing it right.