今日推荐英文原文：《How To Find Your Creativity Again》
今日推荐英文原文：《How To Find Your Creativity Again》作者：Tim Denning
How To Find Your Creativity Again
On removing outcomes, playing games, and making every day an adventureThe kid who was creative and read the picture book “How To Live Forever” without getting sad or picturing death was lost a long time ago. That kid was creative and could write, draw, and take his surroundings and turn them into wild dreams that not even Warner Bros could recreate in an animated movie.
Every day was an adventure. “Choose your own adventure” books were literal guides to life with actionable advice that had to be executed on the same day it was read.
A computer game could become reality. A sandpit could be the construction site of a one-hundred story building and that kid could drive the cement truck, operate the crane, or burn the whole thing to the ground and start again.
That kid used to be me. I used to be creative until I wasn’t anymore.
Everything in my life became literal. A piece of content had to serve a purpose, a book had to change my life, or an event had to give me something I didn’t already have.
Everything had to have a purpose and that’s what killed my creativity. When you’re a child, purpose has no place in the world. Curiosity drives your life and being creative is a 4:00 a.m. habit straight out of the 4-hour workweek.
Then suddenly you become an adult and everything has to be serious and that becomes too hard to handle. Alcohol, or junk food, or Netflix help to numb your new reality. You escape on holidays camouflaged in the excuse of being young and free and experiencing the world. Really, you’re just escaping, because of the seriousness life now has. Your childlike creativity has melted away.
We can lose our creativity, and recently, I’ve found you can discover it again. Here’s how.
Every Day Is an AdventureThis is a subtle shift in thinking. Rather than waking up and thinking about your day as a to-do list of tasks you’ve got to successfully check off, try changing it slightly towards making it an adventure.
Take a different route to work. Say something crazy. Wear a bizarre fluro jumper.
Picture your surroundings as a fantasy world straight out of a Zelda game. Mess with logic and dream up experiences that are not real. When you find your creativity again, life feels like an adventure.
Remove the Outcome and Replace It With CreativityWhat I’ve found kills my creativity is when I assign an outcome to an activity. If you write to produce a result, you light your creativity on fire.
If you read a book to learn a skill, you suppress your creativity. If you watch a movie to arrive at a logical conclusion, you murder any hint of creativity the movie could have left you with. If you go somewhere with a goal in mind or an experience worth having, you blind yourself from the unexpected experience felt through activating the creative center of your mind.
What helped me find my creativity again was treating experiences in life as opportunities to experience creativity.
Could my mind wonder? Could this whole human experience be a simulation like Elon Musk says it is? Could my mind come up with some crazy sense of reality that is untrue, or a fantasy — and could I be okay with that scenario?
Disconnecting from outcomes and letting experiences take place in your mind is a cool alternative worth experimenting with.
Japanese Cartoons Like “Spirited Away”Finding my creativity again, that I once had as a kid, accelerated when my love for Japanese cartoons was born.
There is something about Japanese cartoons that brings out your creativity again. The storylines are often not logical and the need to introduce the supernatural or even the bizarre is a common trait of the genre.
The movie that made me fall in love with Japanese cartoons was “Spirited Away.” There is one scene towards the end where the main character Chihiro is traveling on a rail system that goes through the depths of the ocean to a faraway place. The scene is mesmerizing and all there is is a tram car and beautiful blue seas that seem to go on forever.
Whatever problem you might have had before watching the movie is completely gone after this scene through the ocean. All that is left is complete admiration for the creator, Hayao Miyazaki, and his ability to demonstrate an insane level of creativity that many adults lose after childhood.
Japanese animated movies are an excellent reminder of what adults can muster up in their brains when they rediscover childlike creativity.
Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash
Play Computer GamesNo matter what generation you come from, you’d have played at least one computer game, board game, or arcade game as a kid.
Play that game again.
For me, it’s Mario 64 that brings me back to being a kid. In that game, you explore vast open worlds where there are princesses that need saving, castles that tempt you to explore them, and wild characters who seek to brighten your day with their various quirks.
The worlds in the game are stunning to look at and the puzzles that need solving require you to be creative in your approach.
Creativity and games go together perfectly when you are looking for the child that lives inside of you.
Read a Book From SchoolMy English teacher at school introduced a book to us one day that she said we’d all fall in love with. It was about witches and wizards, and I ignored her recommendation.
Part of my frustration with her was caused by the fact that she noticed a spelling mistake written with a white-out pen on the front of my binder folder. The binder was for English class and drawn on the front was the word, “Engish.” I’d accidentally spelled the word English wrong and she pointed it out in front of the entire class, which was followed by laughter and constant reminders from my classmates.
Eventually, I watched the Harry Potter movies and really enjoyed them. On my path to find my creativity again, I went back and read the first Harry Potter book that my English teacher told me to read and that I’d ignored.
The experience can only be described as pure bliss on a page. Every chapter was genius and the descriptions of characters and the written dialogue were creative beyond anything I’d ever read.
Books from school can remind us of how creative we can be when the limitations of experience, reality, and logic are removed and our minds are free to say, do, and write whatever we want.
Creativity Reminds You of This
- Remove the boundaries.
- Anything is possible.
- Be endlessly curious.
Embrace having no boundaries, believing anything is possible and being endlessly curious. That is how you can be creative again.