I’ve been thinking a lot about how I get so energized and inspired by my creative friends. Speaking to them about different projects, throwing ideas back and forth, neat things we’ve seen that others may be interested in, and anything that gets our juices flowing about art, music, films, and dream projects we wished we had the money to start. It truly is good to have friends who create such a safe environment where I feel not only like I can be myself, but that I can share silly ideas that may be disasters in real life with. People I trust and know will encourage me to do these crazy projects, knowing it will probably push me to doing something I would be too scared to do if not for their encouragement.
I guess this really isn’t about anything but the importance of surrounding one’s self with creative thinkers. People who not only think outside the box, but take that box and recreate it, design it, and build it into another form. This isn’t only for creative or artistic people; this is for anyone wanting to be a well-rounded person. I, for one, believe that surrounding yourself with people that light a fire inside of you, and encourage your passion to grow are people you need to be around.
I think this is mostly a thank you to everyone who has ever pushed me with my art work, encouraged me to keep at it, and who always seems excited to talk about my ideas with me. To the people who always had something to say wether negative or positive, and to the people who showed such enthusiasm when I talked about working on another piece.. You guys are who keep me going, who without you guys, I truly couldn’t do it. You all are my rock, and I love you guys! Thank you <3
Many of you know how I love PostSecret. How I can talk about it for hours on end, and how every Sunday I rush to my laptop and get on its website to check out the new posted secrets. Many of you know how this simple project has made me fall in love with interactive art, and has inspired me to create my own project, Traveling Thoughts.
I came across the TED talk by Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret, and watching it reassured me why I love this project so much that I needed to share it. A project that allows people across the globe to not only share their secrets, free their souls, reach out to humanity, but to also create something unique on something as small as a postcard.
Simple. Empowering. Creative. Changes lives. My kind of project!
I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, I’ve been busy finishing up a very important project that has taken up every free minute I have had, but I am back again! Yay! I’ll update on that later =)
I came across this TED talk that really got me thinking. Larry Smith talks about how people will fail to have a great career in a funny and right to the point talk. He speaks about all the excuses people give when they fail to pursue their passions. Most of us don’t think about it. Finding ones passion is a life long journey, yet when you speak to people about why they dont pursue certain things they always have an excuse of not having enough money, time, family gets in the way, etc. All good excuses, Im sure, but what happened to dreaming? To trying no matter what? To finding unconventional ways of getting around such excuses? When did everything turn into convenience? We are talking about our passions, what lights a fire within us! When did having time to create that piece of art that completes us require time and needed to fit into a set of schedules?
I think about this and I wonder about everything else in our lives that we decided to put in the back burner. Losing those 10 pounds, getting in shape, having a family, even going back to school to learn a new trade. When did life take control of us and set rules for us? Why are we so scared of stepping up to the plate and believing that no matter what we can accomplish the impossible. We hear stories of incredibly inspiring people whom conquer their fears and do the impossible and we wonder why we can’t do the same. Maybe because we really don’t want it as much as they did. Maybe because we give such excuses.
In a previous post I had written about how I was going to start 3 different challenges on March 4th. The no Social Media (excluding my blog), so no Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for 2 weeks. My friend I extended the meditation challenge from 21 days to a month, and a fruit and veggie only diet ( some beans for protein though) for a month. I am proud to say today was the end of Week 1 and I haven’t cheated once! Not to say I was planning on it, it’s just nice to know! =) I feel great, and I’m getting a lot done. So kudos to me!
A friend of mine sent me this TEDx talk by Louie Schwartzberg titled “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.”. An award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer, Louie Schwartzberg provides imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.
The video is stunning and the words so true. One day, I hope to be able to think that way. Enjoy.
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”
I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity and education. How creativity seems to always be at the bottom of the importance list when it comes to schools. The Arts is always the first to be cut out when school budgets are tight, and I have never been able to understand that. Im not saying that other subjects should be cut out first either, but how the arts is thought of scares me. Without the arts programs, we end up with students that understand logic and logic alone. 1+1=2, and that theres only one way to get to that answer.
I’ve always said that one day people will come to realize how important creativity is. Without it we wouldn’t have the internet, computers, or anything really! Was there math, or science in the equation? yes, of course, but without thinking up the idea, being creative, there would have been no idea to work through. Not giving enough attention to creativity, allowing a child to be creative will eventually damage society. Imagine a world filled with black and white, and no gray areas.. actually no colored areas for that matter! How miserable and unexciting that would be!
Below is a TED video of Sir Ken Robinson and his talk on “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”. It is an excellent look on the lack of creativity and how the unpredictability of education is scary. He makes an excellent point that we need to create an education that nurtures creativity and that doesnt undermine it.
What are your thoughts on creativity and education? Do you believe it should be nurtured more?