My google reader divides the blogs I like into two categories. One catagory is Food, the other is Life. Those are about the only two topics I read blogs about. One blog I read about life is written by an artist from Winnipeg who regularly posts about creativity, art and her family. Recently she wrote about a speaking event she attended where Sir Ken Robinson spoke about creativity, and how our education system ranks our subjects by order of job likelihood. Math and languages at the top, arts at the bottom. See the video below, or click here.
It got me thinking about two things. The first was how easily I could relate to what he was talking about. I excelled at art and english, and failed miserably in math and science. In fact, for several years my parents forced me to take private math tutoring. In the end, I sort of won - I attended an arts college, however the subject I took was a "safe" choice - advertising. Originally I had picked that school because of its glass-blowing program, but I was afraid to invest my money in taking the course. I wasn't prepared to make a potentially wrong decision.
The second thing I thought about was a book I had read recently, which somewhat kick-started my own blog. It's called Strengths Finder 2.0 and it explores a similar topic about forcing yourself to be good at something you might not naturally gravitate towards. Like me and math. My new favourite example of finding your natural strengths comes from the Ken Robinson talk when he tells the story of Gillian Lynne. A girl who was thought to have a learning disorder, when a doctor simply stated to her mother that her daughter was not sick - she was a dancer. Now one of the most celebrated choreographers of all time.
Since April, I've been thinking alot about creativity and life choices. And about growing my natural strengths. I love the Picasso quote in the video, that all children are born artists, the challenge is remaining one throughout adulthood. Even if it means slicing off an ear.
Does anyone else struggle with staying creative as an adult? do you remember a time when you felt like you were more creative than you are now?