Channeling Your Inner Creator

Do you remember that feeling as a child of being fearless to doing just about anything in life? That feeling that allowed you to use your imagination to play make believe by yourself or wear whatever insanely mismatched outfit you wanted? I sure do and it’s something I rarely get to feel nowadays. The way our society is structured often makes us feel as if we shouldn’t do these things because it’s not normal or out of the ordinary. As we grow up and encounter more experiences in the world, we tend to lose sight in being spontaneous and channeling that fearless, creative part of your mind.

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The more I think about it, as a 22 year old about to graduate college and enter the “real world”, I’ve discovered that I was always taught that being creative wasn’t going to benefit my future in any way. In school it was always implied that art and music class were the fun classes, but at the end of the day I should focus on subjects like math or science because those are the important classes that would get me a job. In a Ted Talk by Ken Robinson he discusses this idea about the way our education system is structured and how it prevents us from being creative in life. In his talk Robinson makes a point and states:

Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. I believe this passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.”

 

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Child With Dove by Pablo Picasso 

I thought this was interesting because it’s incredibly true, our education system is built in a way that teaches children it’s bad to pursue creative careers because they most likely won’t help you make money or be successful in life. It’s pretty disappointing to think about how this important system that we mindlessly follow growing up manipulates our way of thinking of what’s good or bad to do in life. Teaching the young, optimistic minds of students to forget about their love for creativity in order to focus on more “ideal” subjects is a huge downfall that many forget to recognize. As kids we have so much potential to do whatever we want in life, to pursue any career that strikes our interest. When we’re slowly taught this isn’t the case strictly because of convenience or what the outcomes of our future will be, it it turn changes our entire path in life.

 

If our society were to rethink the fundamental principles of our education system and focus on what individuals truly enjoy doing in life, no matter how abstract or uncertain of a future it would, I think many would benefit immensely. Not only would we see an boost in unique, revolutionary ideas being formed, but also more of the individuality that exists within us all.

 

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