Creativity is the use of imagination and original ideas to create something new. It is inventiveness. To be able to develop is an art in itself. The esteemed Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” However, very often, one may feel like one’s creativity is running dry. For days, and sometimes months, one might fail to find the innovation and motivation to create. What to do then? How to get our creative juices flowing again?
Well, while it is true that a creative person always stays creative, a few tricks and trips can never hurt. And the no. 1 method to rejuvenate our creative mind is to spend some time with a kid. Yes, a kid! Because who’s more creative than kids?
The truth is that we think, judge, and decide everything based on our wisdom, preconceived notions, and self-consciousness, which constrain the way we think about the problems we’re facing. We’re so programmed to think and function in a particular pattern that we often ignore the endless creative possibilities that lie beyond those patterns and boundaries. Kids, on the other hand, know next to nothing, so they’re naturally excellent at letting their eyes and minds guide them, rather than their preconceptions and fears. All you have to do to attain a little bit of this mentality is talk to a kid, keep an open mind, and listen. Where you’ll see a car, you might find that a kid sees a magical machine which whizzes past him in the blink of an eye.
In short, kids remind us not to take things too seriously, to be adventurous, and to see our weird and gorgeous world as a source of inspiration. They can teach us how to tap into the raw, free, and wild energy which predominantly drives them. They can remind us of the fact that creative work is largely about playing and enjoying yourself.
Yes, children can be messy, wild, erratic carefree and sometimes a little crazy. But isn’t all that required for creativity and innovation as well?