When does creativity leave a person? I remember when I was a kid, I could find enjoyment in a rock and a toy car. Now, I still find basic creativity, mostly because of my love for design, but nowhere near when I was a kid. Those times were so much simpler. Sometimes I wish I could go back to those times... Just for a little while.
Often we are indoctrinated by the system. The education system is geared to discourage creativity for efficiency. Just revive your original childhood curiosity for the world and raw creativity will flow out of you.
I can completely understand the idea of creativity just, kind of, leaving. We often settle into the monotony of the "real world." Get up at 7, be at work by 9, home by 6, and asleep by 11. We pick up our checks and enjoy the weekend, and then we get to start it all over again. Creativity is often replaced by efficiency because, often, we just don't get paid with creativity.
But we need to remember that creativity is still there, just covered up, more or less. It's so much easier to ignore our creative side because, in the back of our minds, we are constantly thinking, "What am I really getting out of this?" Those of us who are able to fully explore what we truly love (writing, painting, cooking, you know, "creative stuff") are also able to break away from the stagnant 9-5. If you can sit down and write a poem during your lunch break or try something new and different in the kitchen every now and then, I think you'll realize that creativity didn't necessarily leave. Instead, we need to tap into it from time to time to realize that we're not eternal working drones.
I think for the most part we still have it. I think some of it is some people put our ideas down and made us think our ideas were not as good as we thought they were. In a lot of cases it was the other kids. Which made us stop vocalizing what we thought and slowly stopped bothering with certain things.
Creativity is like energy. It can't be created or destroyed. It's just there for you to reach whenever you need it. Sometimes when a person hits a lull or a point where they're unmotivated it will feel that way. Sometimes you just keep going until you've realized the creativity hasn't gone anywhere.
IMO, creativity is overshadowed by all the clutter we gather as we grow older. You are what you think about. There's a momentum that comes from focused intensity. The more energy you put into something the more energy you get out of it. If you've been away from taking a simple walk and seeing rocks that look like turtles (or anything else childlike), you begin to lose that perception.
Dividing our focus (work, home, family, friends, social, tv, junk) takes away from doing the thing we love, creating. The lucky ones are the ones who didn't need to leave there love, then just got really good at it because they never left it and are able to now make a living at it.
Being with my grandchildren and really interacting with them for a couple hours can bring in the creative ideas. And one of the best little stories I ever wrote was when I had my five year old son dictate his thoughts to me after he picked up a pen on the grass and told me it's a magic pen. Children are so naturally creative. We do need to stay in touch with the child in ourselves.
A child's imagination knows no boundaries because the younger you are they less often you are likely to think - "Wait, that is not possible."
Maybe that is why some the great artists and writers are the ones who are not afraid to push boundaries and experiment and try something new. They have in a way retained their inner child and the type of ability that says "Why not?"
Creativity doesn't leave you. People are always trying to figure out what they're good at, but I would not stick to just one skill. You can write, but you can also do other creative things like draw, paint, photograph, etc. The way you can express your creativity is endless. The idea is to find your own way.
When I was very young, I made paper fans in round and elliptical shapes, and cloth hair pins in flowery shapes. However, I don't remember since when I had stopped to express out my imaginations, but just kept them in head, and I myself had lived in a virtual world for a long long time, which had really caused me a lot trouble in real life. Now, I speak my creativity out of my mind with mature ways: I change old clothes into new with my sparkling fantasy in it, make brand-new clothes all by hands and all my own design, write short stories and legendary stories...
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