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Inspired creativity

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If you want to be creative, you need inspiration.  You won’t be inspired, unless you look for inspiration. You have to be curious and look around. We are naturally curious, but we can get out of the habit. Watch a child walking through a park, they look at everything. They see a muddy stick and they pick it up; they look at bugs and worms. They play in the snow and ignore any discomfort.

You have to watch children, because they are adventurous. They will run away and get lost or put themselves in danger, unless supervised by an adult. They are free to explore, because they feel safe and usually they don’t go too far from their mother.

If you want to be creative, you have to be like a child, you have to be adventurous and go out exploring. You have to be prepared to get your hands dirty and your shoes muddy. You have to turn things upside down and take them apart to see how they work. You have to be prepared to experiment and see what happens.

Older children learn to build on what they already have. They will take a base and clip Lego bricks together on a foundation to build a model house. Building on what you have, brick by brick is a good way of building something worthwhile. It might take patience and time, but when it’s finished, you can show it off to all your friends.

Creativity, brings us new things. It gives us progress, whether we are creating art, literature, music or inventing new gadgets to make our life easier or more enjoyable. This is where man differs from the other animals, we can observe, analyse and then communicate what we have seen. Language allows us to communicate and be creative collectively. It allows us to pass the knowledge we obtain, to others and to younger generations, so that the process of improving understanding and knowledge can cascade down the generations.

We have more and more sophisticated tools that allow us to explore further than ever before. We can look at things smaller than the naked eye can see. We can explore outer space and places we can’t yet travel to. Yet we take it all for granted. The microscopic world beneath our feet, is of no interest to us. It’s only when those microscopic bugs threaten our health, that we are driven to take action.

We can close our minds to new ideas and new inspiration or we can try to keep an open mind. We can keep exploring, taking nothing for granted, assuming nothing we see or hear is the truth, but always question; always analyse.

When we stop asking questions, when we close our minds to new stimuli, when we accept our existence and refuse to change, then we become dumb sheep following those people who are inspired and who can create something worthwhile.

What will inspire you today? Please comment and share your thoughts… 


5 responses

  1. Excellent post, Mike. That’s what I’m trying to inspire in my 100 steps. There is so much to see if we only LOOK

    13, February 2013 at 10:07 am

    • Hi Myfanwy,

      Yes, we often don’t see what is right in front of us. I see a lot more now I photograph it. The changing seasons fascinate me now. The Milky pool in the picture will look really good this Spring.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      13, February 2013 at 11:51 am

  2. Love this, Mike. You’re right, children are the best examples of inspiration and creativity. If we look at the world through the eyes of a child, we see with a new perspective.

    When you see the Chinese students observe your world, they probably bring a new perspective as well!

    13, February 2013 at 11:47 am

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Yes, the Chinese students are enjoying being in a different environment and recording it in photos and video. They were out in the snow in the early hours last weekend shooting video and celebrating Chinese New Year. The mix of two different cultures is interesting. They can drink water from the tap here, but still buy bottled water like in China! Some things like historic houses are totally new and they like the parks too. If they are enjoying winter this much, imagine how much they will enjoy Spring and Summer!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      13, February 2013 at 12:04 pm

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