What happened to us? Like people in general? I remember a time when all I needed was a stick and some sand and I would draw out my dream house in the sand and pretend house. Now when I try to get creative, I just stare at the wall like I don’t even know what an imagination is.
I hate, hate and loathe how adults crush creativity. It makes me really realize that artists have some serious resolve to not let others get them down and they just continue to do what they do and let the negativity roll off their back. Or they use it as their muse.
Life is hard. Life is super hard sometimes. You lose people you love, you lose touch, they die, you or they move away, things are constantly going wrong (at least in my life, just when I peak one hill I can look and see the mountain I’ve still yet to scale on the other side), things break and you don’t have money to pay for it without selling your body (I’m talking about plasma donations people, get your crazy heads out of the gutters!) Life is so hard. But WHY, JUST WHY is it that we suck all of the childlike wonder out of people? I mean c’mon people, I feel like if we stopped with the defeatist attitudes all of the time, that maybe we would be able to weather life’s storms so much better.
Our society KILLS creativity, just zaps it dead. From taking away art and music classics out of schools, and forcing literature down kids throats because they HAVE to read it because it’s REQUIRED (there’s so many amazing works out there and it breaks my heart when people say they hate reading, HOW COULD YOU HATE READING? OH BECAUSE YOU WERE FORCED TO READ BOOKS INSTEAD OF BEING ALLOWED TO DISCOVER THEM ON YOUR OWN). The school systems in general just make me so angry, I can’t even go into it now or I’m going to end up giving you a 5,000 word dissertation and you just don’t have time to read that.
Why is it that we force feed the idea that being an adult is horrible? Yes, it is hard, but it does get easier as you go. So instead of discouraging kids and drowning them in negativity why can’t we work better on developing problem solving skills (I’m talking practical life problem solving skills, none of that algebra overly complicated stuff), so that when life hits you upside the head with something hard that you can adapt and handle it better? I wish I had learned that better, and my parents did a fantastic job of raising me.
Why do we discourage people into getting into non-lucrative career fields? We’ve already established that society kills creativity. I hate when people say “Oh, you want to be an actor? You and five million other people. You should really try and get into business or technology, those fields are much better than playing pretend all day.” I’m fairly sure that person who wants to be an actor has thought about how the odds are stacked against them, but they’re doing something JUST CRAZY. They’re following a dream. Heinous.
When was the last time you daydreamed? I don’t even remember the last time I just sat down and got lost in thought that wasn’t “What was it that I needed from the grocery store?” “I feel like I’m forgetting something.” “What’s next on my to-do list?” But I bet that if I stopped writing right now and just slipped into a daydream that it would mostly be positive and whatever problem I got into in my imagination, I could think of a way out. Yet, in real life we get stuck.
I blame the death of creativity. I blame society for snuffing out our dreams because they weren’t practical. I blame the heavy emphasis of making lots of money to be happy (although paying off my bills would be a HUGE load off of mine and my husband’s mind). I blame lack of faith, in ourselves and in a higher power. Without faith of any kind and with logic always ruling, you can’t trust yourself or God to put you into a better situation. I blame me, for falling into the trap of negativity. I blame myself for wanting to grow up so quickly and I blame society for in essence determining who I HAVE to be for me. I blame myself for listening.
But now, I am going to slip into a daydream for the last few minutes my son is asleep and see where it takes me. Because God gave us this wonderful brain for more than just staring at a computer screen and more than just a money making machine for the man. God wants us to not just to survive, but to THRIVE. It’s time for me to start thriving. So join me will you? Let’s make it like a meditation challenge, but instead of emptying your mind, fill it up. Pretend you’re an astronaut, a firefighter or a brain surgeon. No one will judge you, but if they do, who cares?