When I was 5 years old, my family moved from California to Pennsylvania. Since this was a simpler time before social media, my parents made announcements with our new address and phone number to mail (aka with stamps and a trip to the Post Office!) to all their friends and family.
On the announcement, my dad drew a simple sketch of a man peering over a fence. I’m assuming it had something to do with nosy neighbors.
I don’t remember the announcement entirely, but the image my dad drew is vividly imprinted on my mind. I’ve tried to recreate it from memory:
I was amazed my dad could make something by drawing it on paper. Even as a young child, I could clearly distinguish a whole new side of my electrician/handyman father: his creative side.
I’ve lived in Pennsylvania for 20 years now. And every once and awhile I see a sketch from my dad, sometimes in birthday cards or other times in the margins of newspapers. And it reminds me there is a creative side to my father I hardly get to see.
I have this crazy belief we all posses a creative side. But we feel compelled to keep that side quiet.
Maybe we are afraid of rejection or criticism. Maybe we think creativity is unproductive. Maybe we fear we aren’t good enough.
I say stop that nonsense.
I say it’s time for you to coax your creative beast out of her slumber.
Stop being productive and start being creative.
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