Want to Be More Creative in Life? Here's How
It's probably not what you'd expect
Summer’s always been my absolute favorite season for so many reasons.
The warm sun kissing your skin, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, the vibrant colors and sounds of nature.
There’s just nothing quite like it.
But I’ll be honest. Now that I’m out of school and living in the “real world,” it’s not exactly the same as it used to be.
I can’t just spend all day running around the neighborhood with my childhood friends (ahhh, good times).
But there’s still a world of opportunity waiting to be discovered.
From all the exciting outings with friends and loved ones to the long evening walks to everything in between, there’s so much more to life than just waking up everyday, going to work, coming home, then repeating the same thing over and over again.
I’m a big believer that the best things in life are the simple things. In fact, I’m writing this in the park as I lay in my newly acquired hammock (great investment if you ask me).
There are kids running around having fun, laughing and playing with one another, living without a care in the world.
Curious, wandering, exploring. Exactly what it means to be a kid.
And even as adults, that’s how so many of us strive to live each day.
Free from all the stress that weighs us down and exploring the world of endless possibilities.
Yet as we get older, we’re told to stop acting like children. We’re told to stop asking questions, stop being curious — and saddest of all — stop exploring.
If you look around at society, it’s not surprising that the majority of people have let go of their inner child. It’s what we’ve been told to do, after all.
Go to your job. Do what you’re told. Don’t ask questions.
But the thing is, asking questions is only human nature. It’s built into our DNA. And it stems from that inner child within you (no matter how woo woo that may sound).
Kids always want to be exploring. They’re always curious about even the smallest things in life, asking questions like, “How does this work? Why is it like that?”
And you know where that curiosity leads them? To creativity.
We all know that children have a wild imagination. They create made-up worlds in their minds and can even bring those worlds to reality through art or games or make-belief.
But for most adults who look at this, they just see it as a silly game.
And sure, maybe it is. But at the root of it all is creativity. These silly games and creations stemmed from an innate desire to explore and be curious about the world around them.
Here’s the thing. I believe we’re all creative in our own way. Some people are great artists, others are gifted writers, others are exceptional photographers… you get the idea.
However, it only appears that few are creative because society teaches us to suppress our inner child.
Stop asking questions. Stop being curious. Stop exploring.
Look at all the great figures throughout history, though.
Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs…
What do they all have in common? It might not seem like it on the surface, but their creativity was driven from embracing their inner child, not suppressing it like the rest of society told them to.
The greatest creators never gave up on their free spirited, playful, curious, creative inner child.
And neither should you.
So you want to be more creative in life?
Learn to bring out the inner child within you and live as if they would. I don’t mean quit your job and go move back in with your parents so they can drop you off at kindergarten everyday.
I mean when society and the world around you tells you to go left, you go right:
Stop asking questions → Start asking more questions
Stop being curious → Explore your curiosities
Stop exploring → Never stop exploring
Embrace the inner child within you. It’s the secret to living a life of more exploration, more creativity, more curiosity, and yes, more fun.
Never stop dreaming,
❓This Week’s Question
What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
Feel free to reply to this email with your response. I’d love to hear!
💭 This Week’s Quote
“Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has ever thought.”
- Albert Einstein
📚 This Week’s Resource
Speaking of exploring and having fun, this week I published a new blog post on 11 of the best activities to do before summer ends. Click the link above to read it.