Today’s quote of the week comes from Sir Ken Robinson, an English author, speaker and education advocate who said…
I believe this passionately: that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it.
I connected deeply with this quote having personally experienced the education he references. When I was a child I LOVED reading, still do in fact. I also loved playing pretend in the yard and did so until years after most children stopped. In fact I believe my last memory of playing pretend was when I was 12 years old on vacation in Vermont, defending the land from an impending Troll attack with a battalion of Elvish Archers and Human Swordsmen.
That was 19 years ago and I’ve never felt the same level of creativity and imagination since. When I was 12 and younger I was engrossed in fantasy novels, roleplaying games, playing my trumpet/piano and a host of other artistic pursuits. It fostered my imagination, but over the years I was educated to fall in line with accepted standards of what was or was not ok.
We are educated in math, history and science, told about the “safe” career paths… lawyers, doctors, accountants or businessman in general. It’s so rare to be encouraged or taught to foster a pursuit of writing (English) or to go out and become a photographer or other type of artist.
The system we are raised in educates us to fall into one of a few general categories, none of which are the arts. The amount of focus put on some subjects predisposes us to all think the same way… or at least tries to the best of its ability.
If we are to foster creativity in our life it must come from outside avenues, both in our youth and in our adulthood. As most of you reading this are enrolled in or have graduated from college the education has already been set. The challenge now is for you to begin to be creative again, so I ask you to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Go ahead and write a poem, sketch a drawing that’s been lurking around in your brain, belt out a tune that you just feel in your soul. They don’t have to be good poems, drawings or songs. They just have to be YOUR’S. Take ownership of them, get those creative juices flowing and keep them flowing day after day.
There is transformative power in creativity and it combined with your formal education will begin to create magic within your own world.