Choosing to have a career that relies on creativity was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Everyone in my family, my parents and my three brothers, were all business majors in one way or another. Naturally, business was pushed on me. Everyone kept influencing me to become a business major. While I did like business, I never felt the same connection to it as I did with media. So when I told my parents I wanted to major in Media & Information, they were shocked. It took courage to go against the wishes of my family, but I decided to stick with it. Even now, I am still unsure if it is the right choice. I constantly have to have the courage to believe that this is what I am supposed to do.
“Creativity takes courage.”
― Henri Matisse
I truly believe my mind has been dulled by the routines and traditions of the normal world. Just like what this class taught us in the first week, by conforming we become like everyone else. Our goal should be to stand out and think differently than the way other people do. That is something that I find myself struggling with over and over again. I like to follow directions and take the safe or normal way out. It is so hard for me to go against the grain. Every time I do, it feels wrong. Conformity has dulled my creativity. In other words, my creative side is hindered by my rational side.
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”
― Pablo Picasso
This is the way I have felt all through school and even now in college. I have always felt a need to express my creative side. But with the way the school system works, it is almost impossible to do that on a consistent basis. I constantly feel like I have to hold back or do away with my creative side because it is not emphasized with things like algebra and history. Schools definitely educate us and prepare us for the workforce, but in doing so our creativity is dulled. I feel like it is just as, if not more, important for educational systems to help students to retain a sense of creativity.
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”
― Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
When something is not going right in my life or I am just having a bad day, I cheer myself up by reading a book, watching a movie, or listening to music. These things may not be art but they are a form of creativity. By reading, watching, or listening to other people’s creativity, I get inspired. It lifts me up and makes me feel better about things. It reminds me that I have a soul. I also play the piano. There’s nothing that takes my mind off the worries of life like making a beautiful rhythm with those keys. When my hands are moving back and forth and I am concentrated on the music, everything else fades to the background.
“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”
― Stella Adler
For better or worse, I am an extremely sensitive person. When something bad happens to me, even if it was a complete accident, I am crushed. I dwell on it for a long time. Like when I do poorly on an exam, I am an absolute downer to everyone else for the next few days. In contrast, when something good happens to me, you won’t find a happier person in the world. I feel ecstatic. If I do great on an exam, I have to tell everyone, including people on Facebook and Twitter. I don’t know if this makes me a creative person, but I could definitely identify with every single quality mentioned in the quote below.
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.”
― Pearl S. Buck