Okay, so, I knew nothing about how to create a smart phone, but I envisioned one.
It was part of a special project in second grade where we were tasked with creating a blueprint and model for an invention that we presented at an inventor's fair.
I created an all-in-one watch-phone that strapped onto your wrist and acted as a fully functional computer, telephone, and video-game system. (The model screen had a hand-drawn picture of Sonic the Hedgehog)
I remembered the invention (and the awesome white lab coat I wore to the fair) a few days ago with a chuckle. It made me think about how much fun I had in elementary school, how I "created" with abandon.
Kids never say "I'm not creative."
How often do we hear adults say it (or have said it ourselves)?
I used to say it all the time. Until a few years ago when I realized being creative doesn't mean being able to draw well.
Which is a good thing, because being creative is a required skill in today's marketplace, where the "next big thing" could be invented tomorrow (and maybe by a second grader who actually knows how a micro chip works...because admittedly I never did and still don't).
Your creativity can manifest itself as simply as an afternoon redecorating a favorite space, or as life changing as coming up with a new way to solve an old problem you've been facing. Who knows, your creativity could even solve a problem for an entire community - even the world.
You are more creative then you realize.
Below are a few simple ways to get your creative juices flowing this summer!
- Browse the children's section of a bookstore for your favorite childhood books. Revel in the memories, and think about buying one for inspiration. I recently ordered a hardcopy of my favorite childhood book and set it up as office decor - it serves as a reminder for me to continue to approach the world with childlike wonder.
- Pick out a journal that inspires you and commit to writing in it (or sketching in it) every day for a few minutes every morning or evening. Make it a habit, even if you only write one sentence per day.
- Do something that relaxes you like going for a walk or taking a bath. Most creative ideas happen when you're relaxed.
- Grab some old magazines and a poster board and make a collage of things that inspire you and put it up on your wall.
- Read about and engage with people from industries outside your own. For example, Disney has always inspired me. I once met with a Disney animator who'd worked on some of my favorite movies, like The Lion King. I wasn't looking to learn his craft, but I wanted to know him. I just had a feeling I'd be inspired, and I sure was.
So put on your metaphorical white lab coat and create a smart phone inspired by your desire to play Sonic the Hedgehog at school. Remember the child you once were - the one who knew that you didn't need to understand everything about the world in order to dream.