Creativity

photo cred: Mark Schaefer

Creativity is often attributed to being within the same class as talent.

“Some people have to work hard and try to be creative” is how most people think.

I wholly agree. But that is the silver lining, creativity can truly be worked at – it can be developed.

Back in the day my tiny little sister would draw pictures of her favourite female cartoon characters. Without fail she produced truly awful drawings. On a scale of 1-10 they were probably a 3 and this is coming from her biased, loving older brother. They were a 3 out of 10 not in general but compared to those just in her age group. She was around 6 years old. Kim would draw ‘cars’ and they would look like random shapes smooshed together. As her doting older brother I would never tell her that her drawings were an eyesore (and they were). In fact I affirmed her and lied saying they were beautiful every time. I didn’t know at the time what was happening when I did so or the importance of praise in the confidence of a child in her formative years but the comments spurred her on to draw even more, and that in turn drew even more deceitful comments out of me…

One day my sister approached me years older than she was when she’d done her first drawing. “What do you think?” she asked. I glanced up from my work expecting to see a wonky car that looked like a block of lego. I was astonished to find that her drawing was not unsightly, it was downright impressive. “Did you draw this?” I asked incredulously. She simply nodded. Her artistic ability had flourished over time due to the practise she had put in. She then went on to tell me that she was grateful that I had affirmed her when she was young and incapable of drawing simple things well. She confessed that my praise had been the catapult to her drive to continue art. Today I am absolutely certain her art will adorn many a famous wall somewhere soon.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a post highlighting how awesome of a brother I am (even though I’m pretty dope as a brother LOL) but serves as an illustration that something that I always attributed as a talent, art, (which I was terrible at in high school), can be worked at. This sort of creativity can be practised! 

Time to get to work!

See you tomorrow for Creativity: The Day Dream.

 

Final Destination: Procrastination

There, there.

Don’t beat yourself up.

You’re young, it’s fine.

There’s plenty of time.

You can do it in the evening.

Actually, I know you’re tired,

How about you do it tomorrow?

You know what, it’s not due for several days, you could just start it when they need it.

After all, you work best under pressure.

Ooops you missed the deadline?

Worry not, you’re more than capable of making up for it.

You are so smart and wise, these time constraints are for mere mortals.

Your teachers don’t know just how great you are.

What? You failed the course?

Don’t worry we can finish it off at a different university.

Don’t beat yourself up.

You’re still young, it’s fine.

There’s plenty of time.

You know what?

Let’s not stress out too much this time.

We’ll do the same thing we did last time, we’ll just be smarter about it.

We’ll sleep a bit longer, since we know exactly how long it takes to get there.

We’ll run to the classes if need be.

Why do we even need to go to classes?

Didn’t we learn all this before?

Let’s stay at home and play games.

We’ll be fine.

Why start studying now?

We can start when the exams are around the corner…

Oh… you failed… again?

Don’t beat yourself up.

There’s still lots of time,

You’ll be fine.

40 is the new 20 after all…


Wow.

I’m the first one here.

To think I’m early…

Early for your funeral.

I know I said you had plenty of time left.

I think I know now why they say I’m the father of all lies.

I’m the only one here,

But I guess I should give a eulogy:

 

Hey buddy!

 

Remember that Sunday when you decided you’d get saved soon?

Yeah?

Me too.

Best day of my life to be honest.

I’m so glad you didn’t.

See you in hell.

 

Sincerely yours,

– the Devil.

 

An excerpt from ‘Bleeding Heart’

Moral: Make the most of your time. You don’t know how much you’ve actually been allotted.