The whimsy of a child finds amazement at everything that surrounds them. Instinctively, they tell stories and play with toys, they tell you what exactly the squiggles on the page look like. It’s this creativity that we want in adults regardless of profession and find impossible to teach or to measure.
And this creativity seems to be disappearing. Seems to be…
There definitely are definitely quite a few people afraid to create. For some it may be a result of intimidation caused by competition. I never underrate the idea that fear of embarrassment in front of our peers. It’s a strong compulsion that can keep us from the noblest feats. A hyped up concern over quality can keep people afraid of embarrassing themselves, and it doesn’t help that there are folks out there that want to be the next Einstein.
Group think and the idea that we are to follow along with the crowd may restrain others. The idea of working creatively when we can go with the flow may seem exhausting, and beyond that, minds that are not trained and practiced in generating ideas or analyzing cannot quickly and easily begin a new habit. Without a doubt in my mind creativity is a habit.
But is it really disappearing?
I’m not sure it is. I think it may be later onset from the business of the kids around us, but even that is speculation.
Creativity spans such a broad spectrum of places and ideas that I’m not sure we can capture an accurate image from any given vantage point. From technological creativity and innovation to the vast encompassing blogosphere, so much is being created that it is hard to keep up. Even the push towards ultra-marathons and the ways each person finds to train themselves requires creativity.
What I find most entrancing is when you have someone truly creative that sees the world through the eyes of a child. They see the wonder of the world, and they can communicate it through whatever medium they choose. It’s as if they breathe into life some aspect of what we see and hear on a day in and day out basis.
It’s a combination they poses of child like creativity combined with a palate shaped with the complexities of an adult life. It takes time and work to capture the images and ideas that fill out the artists palate. To be an eloquent writer you have to read eloquent authors, to be a great painter you have to see great paintings and see how they’re painted, the same of sculptors, programmers, bloggers, video makers.
But before you can even know what should be brought into the palate, you have to start creating and start seeing the world through eyes wide with wonder. Don’t wait until you think you have everything in place, just start creating…
And if you’re a parent, join with me in celebrating the work of your kids!