As I get older, I think I’m really starting to buy into this whole creativity thing. Maybe because as I get older, I have less time for it and thus it gets more precious? Not sure.
I noticed that I felt a whole lot calmer and more productive last week after getting some time to write and (time off) as well. I recently learned that my Meyers-Briggs personality of ENFP is actually the ‘most creative’ of all the personality types. Who knew? I guess that is one thing institutional school has done to me – cut me off from my creative side (there is scads of research which shows that schools negatively reinforce the very things that are indicative of creativity in children….but you didn’t need the research to tell you that did you? haha)
Maybe because I was blessed with a higher than average IQ, I was able to still navigate the treacheries of schooling relatively successfully (from a purely face value perspective) but I know there was damage and it is deep.
Part of the damage that I am seeing is definitely the stunted creativity. During my years in school, I would never dreamed of referring to myself as creative. Now I am a bit more comfortable with that label…and even further have progressed to realize a little more the creative genius in all of us. It is there…in one shape or another in ALL of us.
To this day it astounds me what people of every type come up with when given the time and space…and maybe even more interestingly without those things…if you know what I mean.
I used to think of creating as very specifically visual art, where there was paint and an old white shirt involved….talk about boxed in….Now I see it in the turn of a phrase, even a glance my way as a thought strikes my friend.
…and certainly I realize I have grossly undervalued it in my own life. For now, I guess I will just be content with these blog posts every Wednesday. It is too overwhelming to think of more right now….:) (I know, I know…if you only had a dollar for every time I use the word overwhelming….;)